Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Wednesday, January 12th
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Warriors91
Game 2: Monday, February 7th
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Warriors 96

(13-35, 3-20 away)

Heat 105

(36-14, 20-5 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2005

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 25 25 22 2496
    MIA 28 23 30 24105

    Top Performers

    Golden State: M. Dunleavy 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast

    Miami: S. O'Neal 27 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk

    In typical fashion, Shaq leads with 27 points, 14 rebounds

    MIAMI (AP) -- Even with Dwyane Wade at his worst, the Miami Heat were still better than Golden State.

    Shaquille O'Neal scored 27 points and Miami overcame a rare ragged performance by Wade to win 105-96 on Monday night.

    Wade failed to score in the first 18 minutes. He missed several layups and one dunk, committed eight turnovers, drew a technical foul, shot 5-for-18 and finished with 18 points, 5.6 below his average.

    "I just had a bad game," he said. "It happens. It's going to happen again. But we got the win. That's all that matters."

    Wade and his teammates struggled from the start against the woeful Warriors and still took an 81-72 lead into the fourth quarter. Miami then missed 10 of its first 12 shots in the quarter, allowing Golden State to cut the margin to one at 86-85.

    In the next 3 minutes O'Neal had three baskets, two rebounds and a block, helping Miami surge ahead 96-88.

    Two free throws by Wade gave the Heat their biggest lead, 101-90. He added two more for a 103-96 cushion with 32 seconds to go.

    "That was a monumental struggle," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I'm sure it was a struggle to watch, too. Our mental focus was ridiculous. But I'll give our guys credit -- they hung in there."

    Van Gundy graded Wade's performance his poorest this season.

    "Unfortunately the greatest of players will have the worst of nights," Van Gundy said.

    Mike Dunleavy scored 26 points for the Warriors. Derek Fisher added 22 and helped keep Wade in check.

    "I could tell early he wasn't his normal self in terms of his energy," Fisher said. "It's like that at times in this league. It's just tough to get yourself going a hundred times a year."

    Still, the Heat won for the sixth time in seven games. They improved to 14-2 at home since Nov. 30.

    But it was never easy against the Warriors, who lost for the 17th time in their past 19 games.

    "They came out with a little bit more energy than we did," O'Neal said. "But we picked it up somewhat, a little bit. ...

    "It's always hard to play the lesser teams like that. They get more pumped up for us than we do for them."

    O'Neal went only 1-for-7 at the free-throw line but had six assists and 14 rebounds. The Heat shot 51 percent and had a 53-33 edge on the boards, but they committed 17 turnovers to seven for Golden State.

    Miami's Eddie Jones went 9-for-12 from the field and scored 22 points. Teammate Udonis Haslem had 12 rebounds and nine points.

    Against a team that has now lost 10 in a row on the road, the Heat trailed for much of the first half. They led only 51-50 at halftime despite shooting 55 percent.

    After the Warriors took their final lead at 59-58, Miami scored on five consecutive possessions. O'Neal sank back-to-back baskets, and Wade scored five points in a row to put the Heat ahead 69-61.

    "We gave ourselves a chance to win," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "That's what we were looking to do."

    Game notes


    The Heat's Damon Jones said he should have been chosen for the 3-point competition at the All-Star game, and O'Neal agreed. "It makes you wonder who's upstairs doing their job," O'Neal said. Jones began the week with 123 3-pointers, third in the league, while shooting 38.6 percent. ... The Heat, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference, improved to 11-10 against teams from the West. ... The Warriors fell to 0-12 on the road when trailing after one quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    MIA
    Points 96 105
    FGM-FGA 39-88 (.443) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 3-7 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 20-31 (.645)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-33 9-53
    Assists 25 20
    Turnovers 7 17
    Steals 10 1
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 16 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 16 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 7 11

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Miami
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 26
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 27
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2