The Heat won both contests without O'Neal, who sat out a fourth
consecutive game with a sprained left knee.
Thanks mostly to Wade, O'Neal was hardly missed in either game
Wade scored 14 of his 25 points in the final quarter Saturday to
lead the Heat to a 101-98 victory in Miami. He drove into the lane
relentlessly Sunday, creating open shots for his teammates, and
finished with 11 assists.
"He put incredible pressure on us defensively to have to come
in and shut his penetration down, which freed up their shooters on
the outside," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "It made us a little
late getting out to contest shots."
The Heat had a season-high 11 3-pointers, including four by
Eddie Jones and six by Damon Jones.
"Their 3-point shooting was phenomenal tonight," Magic guard
Steve Francis said. "The Jones boys hit, like, I don't know how
many 3s. That's what hurt us. We couldn't get out on them. I
haven't seen them hit like that all year."
Grant Hill led the Magic with 34 points, while Francis added 22
points and seven assists. But they got little help.
Wade, meanwhile, got plenty. The Joneses came up big in the
Wade opened the final period with consecutive jumpers, then
Eddie Jones scored 12 straight points for Miami. He hit two
3-pointers, a jumper, a reverse layup and two free throws.
"Eddie is still a very capable guy. We just don't give him a
lot of looks this year," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He's as
good a third scorer as there is in the league. That may not show up
statistically, but that's because of the number of times we go to
our main guys. He showed tonight just how capable he is if you give
him some chances."
He added a jumper with less than 4 minutes to play that made it
99-93. But the Magic, who trailed by 16 at the half, trimmed the
lead to 99-97 on Hill's 3-pointer and Hedo Turkoglu's layup.
Damon Jones answered with his sixth 3-pointer of the night. He
finished with 22 points, including a layup with 48.6 seconds to
play that made it 108-100.
The Heat have now won all three meetings against Orlando this
season, and the Magic -- one the NBA's worst defensive teams -- have
shown little signs of being able to stop them. The Heat have scored
330 points in the three games.
Francis was in a new role for the second straight game and had
Francis moved from point guard to shooting guard before
Saturday's game and started that one 0-for-6 from the floor. He was
0-for-7 before making a basket Sunday and finished just 5-of-16.
"It doesn't make a difference where I am on the court,"
Francis said. "I'm not worried about it."
The Magic have lost three in a row since Francis was fined on
Feb. 22 for missing practice.
Orlando looked like it might turn things around early because of
Miami's slow start. The Heat trailed 12-4 after the first 4½
minutes, but Wade's dunk gave them a 20-18 lead that they never
The Heat shot 50 percent in the first quarter (10-of-20) and
were even better (11-of-18) in the second en route to the big lead.
Miami is now 2-2 without O'Neal, a 12-time All-Star, but both
losses came in overtime.
"We're not a one-man team," Van Gundy said. "We're not a bad
team without him."
The Magic are 15-21 since starting the season 13-6 and are
just one game above .500. ... The Heat finished with four blocked
shots, including Wade's stellar one on Grant Hill in the final
minutes. ... Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who
grew up in nearby Ocala and attended college in Orlando, was at the