Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/19

Game 1: Sunday, December 19th
Game 2: Saturday, February 26th
Game 3: Sunday, February 27th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20th

Heat 112

(42-16, 19-11 away)

Magic 103

(28-27, 19-8 home)

7:30 PM ET, February 27, 2005

Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 26 28 23 35112
ORL 24 14 30 35103

Top Performers

Miami: D. Wade 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

Orlando: G. Hill 34 Pts, 3 Reb

Heat's Joneses combine for 46

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Heat are doing just fine without Shaquille O'Neal.

Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Eddie Jones added 24 and the Heat beat the Orlando Magic for a second straight day, 112-103 Sunday night.

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 against Orlando.

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 fourth.

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 similar results.

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 relinquished.

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."

Game notes

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 game.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 112 103
FGM-FGA 41-77 (.532) 33-67 (.493)
3PM-3PA 11-22 (.500) 2-7 (.286)
FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 35-43 (.814)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 6-30
Assists 28 17
Turnovers 16 17
Steals 10 9
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 18 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 19 8

Top Performers

Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 28
Reb: 3
Ast: 11
Stl: 2
Blk: 3
Grant Hill Hill
Points: 34
Reb: 3
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 0