Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 2: Friday, March 10th

Heat 110

(21-15, 9-11 away)

Warriors 96

(17-17, 9-9 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, January 11, 2006

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 26 27 29 28110
    GS 26 17 24 2996

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    GS: B. Davis 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wade, Shaq lead as Heat get 4th straight over Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Dwyane Wade limped along with ice wrapped around his left ankle and shin and another pack on his right foot. Shaquille O'Neal moved slowly on his tender ankle, too.

    Miami's two hobbling stars are beginning to find their top form again and it's leading to positive results.

    Wade had 32 points, 11 assists and five rebounds and the Heat won their fourth straight against the Golden State Warriors, 110-96 on Wednesday night.

    O'Neal bounced back from two subpar games to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who won easily despite shooting only 8-of-19 from the free throw line -- 1-for-11 by O'Neal.

    "I should have had 40 tonight. I was messing around," said O'Neal, who appeared in his 16th game back since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3. "I'm starting to get my legs under me and get my game back."

    Antoine Walker added 19 points with a season-high five 3-pointers and had five assists off the bench and Gary Payton had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Heat's fourth game of their season-long seven-game road trip. Miami goes to Seattle, Utah and Los Angeles to play the Lakers before heading home.

    Wade has two great games after sitting out last Friday at Phoenix with a left shin contusion.

    "I just try to come out aggressive," he said. "It all starts on the defensive end for myself, and that helps my offensive game."

    The cold-shooting Warriors lost their third straight playing for the first time since last Thursday's 99-89 home loss to the Indiana Pacers. Golden State got hammered on the boards by the bigger Heat players.

    Baron Davis had 26 points and six assists for the Warriors, making one of his most powerful dunks of the season in the first quarter. Davis drove to the left side, then switched the ball to his right hand for a strong one-handed jam.

    Golden State hasn't won yet in 2006.

    "It's not the end of the world," said Jason Richardson, who had 15 points and five rebounds. "We're still right there. Of course we aren't playing at the level we're capable of."

    Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and Troy Murphy had 10 rebounds and didn't seem to be slowed by his tender left ankle. Murphy, Golden State's top rebounder and third-leading scorer, sprained his ankle with 4:11 left in the third period of last Thursday's loss to Indiana and didn't return.

    After Murphy made two free throws to pull the Warriors within 65-60 with 5:50 left in the third quarter, Miami answered with an 8-0 spurt and led comfortably the rest of the way.

    "We're scrambling a little bit. We're scuffling a little bit," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We're disappointed. I don't think we know exactly what we need to do."

    O'Neal was coming off two poor games -- eight points at Phoenix last Friday and 12 at Portland on Sunday. He gave Warriors rookie Ike Diogu a lesson on inside play, dunking hard on consecutive possessions in the third quarter.

    Golden State used four different centers against Shaq: Diogu, Adonal Foyle, Andris Biedrins and Chris Taft. Shaq, who came in having averaged 31 points and 12 rebounds in his previous 10 games at Golden State, outscored them 21-10.

    "I'm used to playing against four different centers," O'Neal said.

    The defensive end is where coach Pat Riley believes his team needs the most work. He knows it will take time, but he is seeing some progress.

    The Warriors showed some rust from their long layoff and struggled to make open shots. The teams were tied at 26 after the opening quarter, but Golden State missed 10 of its first 15 shots in the second period and trailed by as many as 11. The Heat led 53-43 at halftime and held a 27-18 rebounding edge.

    Miami is still trying to become more consistent.

    "I think we're a long ways away and I think they'd be the first ones to admit it," said Riley, who took over Dec. 13 following the resignation of Stan Van Gundy. "Right now, it's spotty."

    Game notes

    Golden State had hoped Mickael Pietrus might return from a sprained right knee, but Pietrus missed his 22nd straight game. Coach Mike Montgomery will be cautious at first with the swingman, who is averaging 10.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. "He knows the knee is OK," Montgomery said. "It's just a matter of him getting confidence in it." ... The Warriors sold out for the third time in four games with a season-high 20,076 fans and also expect sellouts in each of their next three: Saturday vs. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers; next Monday against the Seattle SuperSonics; and next Friday vs. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. ... Former Oakland A's outfielder Eric Byrnes, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, attended the game. Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia, born in nearby Vallejo, sat courtside.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 96
    FGM-FGA 46-78 (.590) 33-86 (.384)
    3PM-3PA 10-18 (.556) 9-26 (.346)
    FTM-FTA 8-19 (.421) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-48 7-37
    Assists 34 22
    Turnovers 15 8
    Steals 2 8
    Blocks 8 3
    Fast Break Points 17 27
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 4

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0