Dwyane Wade had 29 points and nine assists Wednesday to lead the
Heat to a 98-93 win for their sixth consecutive victory -- and
second in three days over the Wizards.
Thanks to an NBA scheduling quirk, the Heat swept their
four-game series with the Wizards before Christmas. The Wizards are
12-4 against the rest of the NBA.
"I'm glad I don't have to see them until the playoffs --
maybe," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "I don't want to see
them then, but I do want to see the playoffs, and maybe they're
there. But I'm glad we're done with them. They pose a huge
Damon Jones, who shot 5-for-12 from behind the arc, hit a
3-pointer from the left wing to give Miami a 95-93 lead with 21.1
"Shaquille O'Neal did a great job of passing the basketball and
Dwyane Wade, as usual, did a good job of making plays and because
of it I was able to get a rhythm and able to make shots," Jones
Gilbert Arenas knew he blew the defensive assignment on Jones'
"I just got sucked in on Dwayne Wade's drive," he said. "He
faked his shot and passed it out to Damon Jones. If I would have
stayed out, it could have been different, but it's hard when he
scores 14 in the fourth. He drags you right in there with him. He
made a great play in not shooting and passing it out."
Arenas, who finished with 22 points and eight assists, had put
Washington ahead 93-92 with two free throws with 33.8 seconds left.
"It's a bad one to swallow," he said. "We had it right there.
It was our game to win."
Before that, Brendan Haywood drew O'Neal's sixth foul with 59.7
seconds left but missed both free throws and committed a lane
violation on his second shot.
"This is the first time in my career when I go out of the game
or even foul out that I'm not worried because I know I've got Mike
(Doleac) and Christian (Laettner) to back me up," O'Neal said.
"We match up with this team pretty well. They have a lot of energy
and a lot of shooters but if we can contain both their energy and
their shooters we can beat them."
Jones finished with 23 points and O'Neal added 13 points and 12
rebounds for Miami. Laettner had six rebounds and three blocks in
Jamison, who scored 26 points, converted a three-point play to
pull the Wizards to 92-91 with 1:36 left. O'Neal's slam follow gave
Miami a 92-88 lead with 2:07 remaining.
Larry Hughes had 19 points and six rebounds for the Wizards.
The Wizards scored the first six points of the third and took a
53-46 lead on Jared Jeffries' layup off a steal by Arenas.
Jamison, who scored 10 points in the third, gave the Wizards a
70-62 lead on a baseline hook with 3:44 left in the period. Haywood
made a free throw for a 75-66 lead with 1:59 remaining in the
Haywood's three-point play gave Washington an 84-80 lead with
6:23 remaining in the game as O'Neal picked up his fifth foul.
Notes:@ Jamison received five stitches under his left eye in the
first quarter and returned to the game shortly thereafter. ... The
Wizards and Heat are the only teams in the Eastern Conference with
winning records on the road this season.