MIAMI (AP) -- An embarrassing loss failed to have a lasting
effect on the Miami Heat.
Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and tied his personal high with 11
rebounds, leading the Heat to a 100-79 victory over the Portland
Trail Blazers on Wednesday night -- three days after losing to
previously winless Toronto.
"We had a little bit of a reality check when we lost to
Toronto," Antoine Walker said. "We have to keep working and look
for a sense of consistency."
Jason Williams added 16 points, and Walker and James Posey each
had 12 for Miami, which has won six straight at home and five of
six overall. The Heat improved to 6-3 without injured center
Wade shot 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line
in his sixth double-double of the season, and 23rd of his career.
He gave a big assist to Williams for the performance.
"Jason is getting more aggressive," Wade said. "I think now
he finally understands the role he needs to play."
Williams scored 11 points in the third quarter, one point less
than Portland scored in the period, as Miami built a 72-57 lead.
The Trail Blazers never got closer, falling behind by as many as 23
points three times in the fourth quarter.
"I don't think we came out the way we should have, but we
picked it up defensively in the second half and came out with more
intensity," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Williams missed the Heat's previous two games with a bruised
"We knew Wade would be involved in a lot of pick-and-rolls, and
with Williams creating problems in that high pick-and-roll, it
really spaces the floor and forces the defense to come out,"
Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "When Williams is knocking down
shots, it's a tough two-man game to defend."
Martell Webster entered the game with 7:24 left in the fourth
and scored 13 of the Blazers' final 17 points. The rookie's
previous career high was three points against New York on Nov. 9.
"If it was sending a message, it was one to myself -- knowing I
could go out there and play the game at this level," said Webster,
who didn't leave the bench in Portland's previous three games.
Alonzo Mourning notched his 2,000th career block, coming on
a shot by Joel Przybilla in the first quarter. Mourning is 14th on
the career list, and third among active players behind Dikembe
Mutombo and O'Neal. "It's an honor, but I want to get more from
this game than that," Mourning said. ... The Heat's victory was
just the fourth in 18 games played between the teams in Miami. ...
Portland has scored less than 20 third-quarter points in each of
its last six games.