Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 3: Friday, December 26th
Game 4: Sunday, March 21st

Wizards 101

(3-5, 1-3 away)

Heat 105

(2-7, 2-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 23 27 16 27 8101
    MIA 25 22 24 22 12105

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mia: L. Odom 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Miami 105, Washington 101 (OT)

    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 last December.

    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 lead.

    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 Heat lead.

    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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 105
    FGM-FGA 39-87 (.448) 38-93 (.409)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 19-28 (.679) 21-30 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 15-53
    Assists 16 19
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 11 6
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1