Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Wednesday, November 23rd
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Game 2: Sunday, January 8th
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Heat 118

(20-15, 8-11 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(10-24, 6-10 home)

6:00 PM ET, January 8, 2006

Moda Center, Portland, OR

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MIA 35 29 34 20118
POR 29 22 20 1889

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 6 Stl

Por: R. Patterson 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

Wade dominant as Miami thumps Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams didn't let a one-game absence throw them off.

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 "bounce-back" win.

"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 14 points.

"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 Przybilla admitted.

"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."

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 118 89
FGM-FGA 47-80 (.588) 31-74 (.419)
3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 1-10 (.100)
FTM-FTA 14-22 (.636) 26-36 (.722)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-49 6-35
Assists 28 17
Turnovers 13 12
Steals 10 7
Blocks 1 2
Fast Break Points 30 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (2/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 32 4

Top Performers

Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 31
Reb: 5
Ast: 7
Stl: 6
Blk: 0
Ruben Patterson Patterson
Points: 16
Reb: 2
Ast: 1
Stl: 3
Blk: 0