O'Neal gets best of Bryant again

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling scored eight of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-89 Thursday night.

It was the 11th straight win and a single-season record 14th straight at home for Miami (51-16), which moved nine games ahead of Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings and within percentage points of San Antonio (49-15) for the league's best record.

Bryant had 21 points in the first half but missed his first nine shots after halftime and finished with 26 points on 8-for-23 shooting. Chucky Atkins had 23 for the Lakers, who dropped their third straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Miami outscored Los Angeles 33-22 in the fourth quarter. A 7-0 burst midway through the quarter put the Heat up 84-73 with 7:03 left, and Miami wasn't seriously threatened again.

Mavericks 98, Trail Blazers 94

DALLAS — Josh Howard had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks overcame an off night by top scorer Dirk Nowitzki.

Howard missed Thursday morning's shootaround because of the stomach flu, but felt well enough to start. He scored 10 of Dallas' last 20 points, including a critical 3-pointer to break a 90-90 tie with 1:59 left.

Michael Finley had 17 points and Marquis Daniels added 16 for the Mavericks, who had lost three of their previous five home games.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Damon Stoudamire had 20 points each for the lottery-bound Trail Blazers, who've lost three in a row and nine of 10.

Warriors 100, Kings 97

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jason Richardson hit a long jumper with 27.1 seconds left and finished with 40 points for Golden State.

After Richardson's basket, the Kings missed four shots, including 3-point attempts by Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic just before the final buzzer.

Cuttino Mobley had 28 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento.

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