He made the most of his cameo appearance.
Dooling forced a second overtime with a running layup, and the
Heat took advantage by scoring the first seven points of the extra
session in a 112-110 victory Sunday night.
Dooling sat out the final 7:50 of regulation, entering the game
with 7.1 seconds left in the first overtime and the Heat trailing
by two. After Keith Van Horn misplayed a pass for a critical
turnover with 5.7 seconds left, Dooling dribbled the length of the
floor and dropped in a layup with 1.4 seconds left to tie it.
"That's my best moment in basketball so far," Dooling said.
And the Heat -- who trailed by four points with 11.7 seconds
remaining in the first overtime -- turned it into their best win of
the young season. Shaquille O'Neal had his third straight
double-double, finishing with 19 points and 18 rebounds for Miami,
which snapped a two-game losing streak.
"That was one of the craziest basketball games I've ever been a
part of," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "To be down four with
11 seconds remaining and to do what we did ... we got a little bit
Van Horn -- who led all scorers with 26 points -- had a chance to
atone for his miscue, but his straightaway 3-pointer with one
second left in the game came up short. Michael Redd had 21, and
Maurice Williams added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee,
which had its three-game winning streak end.
"I don't know if I got bumped or not," Van Horn said of his
turnover. "Regardless, I should have gotten the ball."
Miami played its second straight game without second-year guard
Dwyane Wade, the Heat's leader in scoring (25.6 per game) and
assists (7.4). It's unknown if Wade's sprained left ankle will
improve enough for him to play Tuesday at Minnesota.
The Heat survived despite O'Neal missing 12 of 17 free throws --
dropping his season percentage to 36.8.
"Guys showed a lot of heart, especially Keyon," O'Neal said.
"Coach called him in to make a play, and he made a great play. And
in the second overtime we got a couple stops when we needed them."
The Heat used a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to build a
62-54 lead, and when Wesley Person made a 3-pointer and another
jumper in a 60-second span later in the period the Heat held a
71-62 edge -- their biggest of the night.
Milwaukee quickly rallied behind Williams, who scored six points
in a 9-1 Bucks run over the final 1:55 of the third and cut Miami's
lead to 72-71 at the end of the quarter. Van Horn scored five
straight points to put Milwaukee up 85-80 with 5:20 left in
"We had this game," Mason said. "It all boiled down to who
wanted it more. I felt we gave this game away. It was there to be
Over the game's final 15 minutes, Milwaukee -- which arrived in
Miami around 4 a.m., after playing a home game Saturday night --
connected on only 39 percent of shots from the floor.
"My guys went out and competed and gave us a great chance to
win the game," Bucks coach Terry Porter said.
Neither team led by more than five points in a back-and-forth
first half, which ended with Miami up 51-48 even though Milwaukee
missed 10 of 11 shots during a five-minute stretch of the opening
Milwaukee missed four shots from inside the paint on its
second possession of the second quarter, including a dunk try that
Smith slammed into the front of the rim. ... Miami had 10 players
score in the first half; the only available Heat reserve who hadn't
entered at that point was Wang Zhizhi. ... Bucks F Toni Kukoc was
in uniform, but didn't play because of a right hip injury.