MIAMI (AP) -- After starting 0-7, the Miami Heat have gone 2-0.
Eddie Jones scored 27 points and reached a 3-point milestone as
the Heat won their second game in a row, beating the Washington
Wizards 105-101 in overtime on Friday night.
Jones became the 24th player in NBA history with 1,000 career
3-pointers. He finished with four 3s, giving him 1,002 for his
career and tying him with Danny Ainge for 23rd on the career list.
The Heat have won back-to-back games for the first time since
Miami's Lamar Odom scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds along
with five assists.
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points for the Wizards, and Larry
Hughes added 22.
The Heat wasted an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and had
to win it in overtime. Jones and Odom carried Miami in the extra
session, combining for nine of the team's 12 points.
"It was tougher than it should have been," Jones said. "I
missed some foul shots down the stretch. We had a chance to run
them out of the gym and we didn't. We let them stay in the game.
"But we showed a lot of character in overtime by finishing them
off. Our goal is to become more and more confident with what we are
doing out there."
Odom's free throw snapped a 99-all tie with 52 seconds left, and
Brian Grant scored on a tip-in with 19 seconds to go for a 102-99
Christian Laettner missed for the Wizards, and Jones made one of
two free throws to give the Heat a 103-99 lead with eight seconds
left. Gilbert Arenas pulled Washington within 103-101, but Jones
made a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach.
Jones made his 1,000th 3-pointer with 4:36 left in the third
quarter, tying the game at 60-all. On the Heat's next possession,
Jones knocked down another shot from beyond the arc.
Jones scored nine points in the third quarter as the Heat
outscored the Wizards 24-16 to wipe out a 60-51 deficit. Jones'
fourth 3-pointer lifted the Heat to their biggest lead of the game,
82-71, with 6:32 left in the fourth.
Hughes scored on a layup to pull Washington within 92-91, and
Jones made one of two free throws with 8 seconds left for a 93-91
Hughes drove the lane and banked in a layup to tie the game at
93-all with 2 seconds left. The Heat were unable to get off a shot,
setting up overtime.
The Heat struggled in the fourth quarter, shooting just 26
percent from the floor to allow the Wizards to creep back in.
"We made a lot of mental mistakes and that let them get back
into it," Grant said. "It was like an old ghost coming back to
haunt. When you get a team down, you have to keep them down and we
weren't able to do that."
The Wizards, still playing without Jerry Stackhouse (knee), came
on strong down the stretch, with Arenas and Hughes combining for 18
points in the fourth quarter.
"We made a lot of mistakes, but were able to crawl back into
the game," Laettner said. "We could not get it done in
regulation, and we were lucky to take it into overtime. We gave up
a few offensive rebounds in overtime, and that killed us. On
defense, we need to have all five guys rebounding, not just the
bigs. If we rebound better, we are going to win some games."
Grant finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Rafer Alston
added 12 points off the bench for the Heat.
"This was another step forward for us," Miami coach Stan Van
Gundy said. "I thought we had some good moments in the game. We
ran a little more tonight. Our rebounding was great again. We had
some breakdowns, but there was more good than bad."
Jones has scored 20 or more points in his last seven games.
...Hayes has scored 22, 20 and 17 points in his last three games.
...At 2-7, the Heat begin a five-game road trip to the Western
Conference on Sunday. ...Odom had his third straight double-double.