Shaq nets 40 in win over Wizards

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal scored a season-high 40 points, and the Miami Heat overcame the loss of leading scorer Dwyane Wade to beat the Washington Wizards 106-83 Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Wade sprained his left ankle grabbing a loose ball with 3:18 left in the first half, and did not return. A Heat spokesman said Wade's second-half absence was ''more precautionary than anything else.''

O'Neal added 12 rebounds and five blocks as Miami beat Washington for the seventh consecutive time.

Gilbert Arenas scored 18 points for Washington, which lost for only the third time in 12 games.

Cavaliers 92, Grizzlies 86

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LeBron James punctuated a 31-point performance with a slam in the closing seconds and finished with eight assists and seven steals.

Jeff McInnis added 18 points, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Drew Gooden finished with 11 points.

Suns 121, Magic 100

PHOENIX — Leandro Barbosa scored 19 points in relief of foul-plagued Steve Nash and the Phoenix set a team record for best start to a season.

The Suns improved to an NBA-best 18-3, their finest start in the franchise's 37-year history. Phoenix has won 14 of 15 for the first time in eight seasons.

Quentin Richardson scored 26 points to lead the NBA's highest-scoring team to its fourth 120-plus-point game. Amare Stoudemire added 21 points, Shawn Marion had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Johnson 18 points.

Mavericks 94, Bulls 93

CHICAGO — Michael Finley hit the winning shot with 3.2 seconds left and scored 27 points for Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points for the Mavericks despite a poor-shooting night. He was 4-of-18 from the floor and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Chicago's Ben Gordon hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give Chicago a 93-91 lead with 12 seconds left. Chicago's Kirk Hinrich missed a 15-foot jumper as time expired.

Celtics 134, Clippers 127, 2OT

LOS ANGELES — Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis each scored 34 points as Boston over came a 12-point deficit.

Davis had 19 points in the fourth quarter and seven in the second extra session to rally the Celtics. Gary Payton had six of his 15 points in the second overtime.

Corey Maggette led the Clippers with a career-high 38 points, four more than his previous best.

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