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