Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Wednesday, November 23rd
Trail Blazers79Final
Heat100
Game 2: Sunday, January 8th
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Trail Blazers89

Trail Blazers 79

(4-6, 1-4 away)

Heat 100

(7-4, 6-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2005

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
POR 21 24 12 2279
MIA 22 30 20 28100

Top Performers

Portland: D. Miles 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

Miami: D. Wade 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Miami wins sixth straight at home

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 Shaquille O'Neal.

Darius Miles scored 19 points and Zach Randolph added 16 for Portland, which has lost three of four and fell to 1-2 on its seven-game road trip.

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 right knee.

"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.

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
POR
MIA
Points 79 100
FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 9-16 (.563)
FTM-FTA 10-15 (.667) 15-17 (.882)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-35 7-41
Assists 16 18
Turnovers 15 11
Steals 4 2
Blocks 7 6
Fast Break Points 7 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 13 (1/0)
Largest Lead 2 23

Top Performers

Portland
Miami
Darius Miles Miles
Points: 19
Reb: 5
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 2
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 19
Reb: 11
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 0