Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Heat 113

(6-3, 3-2 away)

Bucks 106

(3-3, 3-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 17, 2004

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 24 16 36 37113
    MIL 23 20 22 41106

    Top Performers

    Mia: S. O'Neal 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: M. Redd 33 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Miami 6-0 vs. the East

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- When Shaquille O'Neal stopped for a friendly pre-game chat, Eddie Jones took the message to heart.

    O'Neal scored a season-high 26 points and Eddie Jones added a season-high 27 to help the Miami Heat defeat Milwaukee 113-106 Wednesday night for their second victory over the Bucks in four days.

    "I told him I needed him, I needed him to step up," O'Neal said. "And, he did that for me."

    Jones scored 12 points in the first quarter and then teamed up with O'Neal during a 33-14 run in the third quarter that gave the Heat command of the game.

    With the Heat trailing 51-43, Jones had 12 points during the surge, scoring from outside and inside. He started the run with a 3-pointer, then added three layups and three free throws.

    O'Neal had 11 points and four assists during the run. He had two dunks, a baby hook, a layup and three free throws as the Bucks had no answer for his presence and power in the paint.

    Shaq said that he took a better approach this time than when the two were teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996-1999.

    "I didn't want to jump down Eddie's throat like I did when both of us played for the Lakers," Shaq said. "So, I tried a different approach this time. The approach that I took worked. It was a more cool, calm, collected approach."

    Shaq also displayed someting else his teammates hadn't seen -- a sprint down the floor in the third quarter.

    "I was just trying to sprint back on defense before the offense came down and got set up," he said with a wry smile.

    Dwyane Wade added 18 points and seven assists, but just missed extending his streak of six consecutive games with at least 20 points. He fouled out with 1:11 to play and was called for a technical foul.

    Michael Redd scored a season-high 33 points, Keith Van Horn 23 and Desmond Mason 18 for the Bucks. Mike James, activated from the injured list before the game, added 11.

    Redd said the game was all about adjustments. The Heat made them and the Bucks didn't.

    "We were confused on the defensive end," he said. "Give them credit."

    Damon Jones, who played for the Bucks last season, had 17 points, including eight free throws in the final minute to keep the Heat in control.

    O'Neal, who had 19 points and 18 rebounds in the Heat's 112-110 double-overtime victory over the Bucks on Sunday night, missed his first two shots but then connected on every attempt the rest of the way. He shot 9-of-11 with seven rebounds and six assists.

    "It's hard to stop him, because he is such a dominant player," Redd said. "Then, he starts making his free throws."

    Erik Strickland tied Shaq up late in the third, but it quickly became comical. Strickland embraced him and then started slapping him up and down the back before the referees blew the whistle.

    Shaq missed 12 free throws against the Bucks on Sunday night. Wednesday night, he missed eight.

    Wade didn't play against the Bucks on Sunday, missing his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. However, he returned Tuesday night and scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half of Miami's 108-97 loss at Minnesota, dropping the Heat to 0-3 against the Western Conference.

    This victory helped Miami improve to 6-0 against Eastern Conference teams for the first time in franchise history. The Heat's previous best was 2-0, a feat accomplished three times. ^Notes:@ The Heat shot 12-of-16 in the third quarter. ... Bucks C ZaZa Pachulia (sore right foot) missed his fourth consecutive game. ... James missed the first five games of the season with a left rib injury. The Bucks placed F Toni Kukoc on the injury list with a right hip strain. ... The Heat-Bucks matchup attracted 15,891, far short of a sell out.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 106
    FGM-FGA 37-63 (.587) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 6-9 (.667)
    FTM-FTA 34-51 (.667) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-41 6-28
    Assists 23 23
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 37 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 26
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 33
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0