Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Sunday, November 14th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 17th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 8th
Game 4: Monday, March 14th

Bucks 110

(3-2, 0-2 away)

Heat 112

(5-2, 3-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, November 14, 2004

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
MIL 23 25 23 22 12 5110
MIA 21 30 21 21 12 7112

Top Performers

Milwaukee: K. Van Horn 26 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Miami: S. O'Neal 19 Pts, 18 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Blk

Van Horn turnover in 1st OT opens door for Miami

MIAMI (AP) -- Keyon Dooling played only seven seconds during the final 18 minutes of the Miami Heat's double overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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.

Eddie Jones had 19 points for Miami, which also got 17 from Rasual Butler and 14 apiece from Udonis Haslem and Damon Jones.

"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 lucky."

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."

Joe Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which also got 17 points from Desmond Mason.

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 regulation.

"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 won."

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 quarter.

Shandon Anderson, waived last week by the New York Knicks and signed Sunday by Miami, made his debut and had two points and two assists in 11 minutes.

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 110 112
FGM-FGA 41-100 (.410) 44-97 (.454)
3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 9-27 (.333)
FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 15-29 (.517)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-55 14-50
Assists 25 30
Turnovers 15 16
Steals 8 4
Blocks 5 8
Fast Break Points 4 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 28 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 9

Top Performers

Keith Van Horn Van Horn
Points: 26
Reb: 15
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 19
Reb: 18
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 4