Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, February 5th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 5th

Heat 101

(40-15, 18-10 away)

Bulls 105

(27-23, 17-10 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, February 22, 2005

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    MIA 22 23 28 19 9101
    CHI 22 21 25 24 13105

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

    Chi: B. Gordon 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Shaq hurts knee early; Ben scores 20 of his 29 after halftime

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Gordon hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime and scored 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-101 victory Tuesday night over the Miami Heat, who lost Shaquille O'Neal in the opening minutes to a knee injury.

    O'Neal strained his left knee in the opening minutes after he went up for an alley-oop pass from Dwyane Wade and fell on Chicago's Othella Harrington. O'Neal stayed on the floor for several minutes holding his knee before being helped off the floor. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated before Wednesday's game at Indiana.

    Gordon continues to deliver in the clutch, hitting three 3s and scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter. He leads the NBA with 15 games scoring 10 or more points in the fourth quarter.

    After Eddie Jones tied it for the Heat at the buzzer in regulation, scoring off a teammates airball, Gordon scored the first eight points in the overtime period.

    His second 3-pointer in OT put the Bulls up 100-92 with 2:11 left in overtime. Wade and Eddie Jones hit back-to-back 3's for the Heat to cut the Chicago lead to two points.

    After Deng hit a pair of free throws and Gordon hit one, Damon Jones hit a 3 for Miami cutting the Chicago lead to 103-101 with 13.8 seconds left. Chris Duhon then hit one of two free throws, making it 104-101. Damon Jones had a chance to tie it for the Heat, but missed a 3 with 7 seconds left.

    Wade scored 21 points, had 11 assists and six rebounds for Miami and Damon Jones added 18 points and eight rebounds, who had won seven straight prior to the game.

    With the Bulls trailing 86-77, Gordon took over the game. The Bulls outscored the Heat 15-6 to end the game. Gordon had 11 of those points.

    He hit a jumper to start the run, then hit a 3 to cut the Heat lead to 88-84. After Shandon Anderson hit a jumper to put the Heat up 90-86, Gordon followed with back-to-back 3's, the second one was over the 6-foot-8 inch Udonis Haslem, giving the Bulls a 92-90 lead with 39.2 seconds left.

    The Bulls had a chance to secure victory in regulation, but Wade blocked Kirk Hinrich's shot with 3.1 seconds left with the shot clock winding down. After a timeout, Damon Jones forced up a jumper, which was an airball, but Eddie Jones caught the ball and shot it in just before the buzzer sending the game in overtime tied at 92.

    Eddy Curry added 16 points for Chicago and Luol Deng scored 14 points, who have won four straight and 17 of 22.

    With O'Neal out and Michael Doleac in foul trouble, Miami head coach Stan Van Gundy had to go with Wang Zhi-Zhi, who has been sparingly used.

    Wang scored back-to-back baskets to give the Heat a 69-62 lead late in the third quarter. He finished with six points in 20 minutes

    Eddie Jones added 15 for Miami and Haslem scored 13 points. Both had nine rebounds.<

    Game notes

    Wade hit a shot from mid-court at the end of the second quarter, but it was waved off after the officials reviewed the play. ... Bulls head coach Scott Skiles was issued a technical in the third quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 105
    FGM-FGA 41-82 (.500) 38-96 (.396)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 10-23 (.435)
    FTM-FTA 13-25 (.520) 19-30 (.633)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-48 18-54
    Assists 27 19
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 11 11
    Blocks 8 0
    Fast Break Points 13 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 12 8

    Top Performers

    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 3
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0