After sitting out Friday's loss to Phoenix, Wade scored 31
points and Williams added 20 to lead the Heat over the Portland
Trail Blazers 118-89 on Sunday night.
"We came out very aggressively," Wade said. "Us sitting out
the Phoenix game, we really both couldn't wait to get back in and
help our team."
The pair, who combined for 15 assists, missed the Heat's 111-93
loss to the Suns: Wade had a bruised left shin, while Williams
suffered from right knee tendinitis.
Both were back against the Blazers, who have lost six straight
games, and each scored 16 points in the first half as the Heat
built a 64-51 lead at the break.
It was the Heat's first win on a seven-game road trip after
dropping the first two games.
Miami coach Pat Riley called the Blazers' game a good
"I don't think it would have made any difference who we played
tonight, I know they would have gotten our best effort," Riley
said. "No doubt getting Dwyane and Jason back helps immensely."
The Blazers, who were opening an eight-game homestand, saw the
return of forward Zach Randolph, who missed Friday's 90-80 loss to
the Hornets in Oklahoma City with a sinus infection.
Portland returned point guard Sebastian Telfair, who has missed
12 games with a ligament strain in his right thumb. Telfair, a
starter until he was injured, did not start Sunday. He finished
with three points in 23 minutes.
Ruben Patterson led the Blazers with 16 points. Randolph added
"It was terrible," Patterson said. "They did whatever they
wanted to do."
The Heat took a 50-35 lead, their biggest advantage of the first
half, on Wayne Simien's 17-foot-jumper in the second quarter. Miami
shot 61.9 percent (26-of-42) from the floor in the half and made
six of 10 3-pointers. The Heat finished shooting 58.8 percent
(47-of-80) from the field.
The Heat built on the lead, going up 70-53 on Wade's fast-break
dunk before making it 77-57 on James Posey's 3-pointer. Miami led
by as many as 32.
Wade had a career-high six steals.
"We came out with a tremendous amount of energy. Of course me
and J-Will are the starting backcourt so we've got to provide a lot
of it, but everybody came out with focus tonight," Wade said.
It was quite different for the Blazers, who were booed in the
second half as fans streamed out of the Rose Garden. One shouted
"This is pathetic!"
When Antoine Walker's layup put Miami ahead 112-80, another in
the crowd yelled at the team "At least try!"
"We just quit out there. Everyone did," Blazers center Joel
"It's a low point right now," Patterson said. "We've got a
six-game losing streak and we've got Kobe (Bryant and the Lakers)
coming in on Wednesday."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan continued to tinker with his
starting lineup in the absence of injured forward Darius Miles,
giving second-year player Travis Outlaw the nod for the third time
this season. McMillan suggested that more changes are coming based
on the team's recent performance. "Maybe we just have the wrong
pieces," he said. ... Portland went into the rout 26-9 all-time
against Miami, its best overall winning percentage (.743) against
any opponent besides the Charlotte Bobcats. ... Heat reserve guard
Gary Payton, who played at Oregon State, was greeted with warm
applause when he took the court.