Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Friday, January 13th
Heat117Final
SuperSonics104
Game 2: Saturday, February 25th
SuperSonics106Final
Heat115

Heat 117

(22-15, 10-11 away)

SuperSonics 104

(15-21, 9-10 home)

7:30 PM ET, January 13, 2006

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 32 39 22 24117
SEA 38 18 22 26104

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Sea: R. Lewis 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

Wade's triple-double helps Heat handle Sonics

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dwyane Wade waited more than a year to get his second triple-double. No. 3 took nine days.

Wade had his second triple-double in two weeks, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists in the Miami Heat's 117-104 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

"I think he's the true definition of a great player and you guys should recognize that," Shaquille O'Neal said. "I think the recognition of a great player has been lost the last 10, 15 years."

Wade's shooting against the Sonics wasn't great, but every other aspect of his game was. He consistently found open shooters on the perimeter, and lofted a pair of ally-oop dunks to O'Neal.

Wade shot just 4-of-14, but pulled down two rebounds with about 4 minutes left to cap his night. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Jan. 4 against the Hornets.

"I didn't have to look for my shot today, so I was able to do some other things," Wade said. "Coach put the ball in my hands tonight to make things happen and see what I could do."

After dropping the first two games of their season-high, seven-game road trip, the Heat have won the last three, this time with an impressive offensive performance against the league's worst defense.

O'Neal finished with 16 points, including four dunks, and was 6-for-7 on free throws. James Posey tied a season high with 19 points -- on his 29th birthday -- and Jason Williams also had 19. Antoine Walker and Alonzo Mourning added 15 and 12, respectively, off the bench. Mourning had five blocks.

"I saw in shootaround how Posey was shooting the ball, how Antoine was shooting the ball and you want to get them guys opportunities," Wade said.

Rashard Lewis followed up his 45 points on Wednesday with 33 for Seattle, and Luke Ridnour scored 21.

By the end of the third quarter, some Sonics' fans started looking ahead to Saturday, briefly chanting "Let's Go Seahawks!"

"You can't make mistakes against a team like that," Lewis said. "We scored enough points to win the game ... but we can't give up that many points."

Seattle showed early signs of putting up a significant fight in its first game without leading scorer Ray Allen.

The All-Star was suspended for three games on Friday after getting into a fight with Orlando's Keyon Dooling. The two wrestled into the first row on Wednesday night, each trying to land punches.

Allen will also miss Saturday's game at the Clippers and Monday's game at Golden State.

Without Allen, Seattle started perfectly. The Sonics made their first 11 shots, capped by Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer to put Seattle up 26-14 less than 6 minutes in.

But Seattle made just 10 of its next 33 shots to close the half. Meanwhile, Miami continually scored at ease against the Sonics' porous defense.

"After a real slow start, we played very well offensively," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "When your best player goes 4-for-14 and you still win, then you've got to feel good about it."

Nine Heat players scored in the first half, five in double figures. The 71 points were a season high for any half, topping the 67 in the second half of their 128-113 win over Washington on Dec. 30. Miami scored 39 in the second quarter, matching the franchise record for that quarter.

Down 41-36 early in the second quarter, the Heat went on a 21-6 run to take control. Gary Payton's jumper gave Miami its first lead at 42-41 and it never trailed again.

The 71 points in the first half tied the most allowed by Seattle this season. Washington scored 71 against the Sonics on Nov. 11.

"I don't know what point it was, but we decided not to defend any more," Seattle's Damien Wilkins said. "At some point we have to decide if we want to come together and do something, instead of being the laughing stock of Western Conference."

Miami built the lead to 19 early in the third quarter, but Seattle twice crawled within nine points at 84-75 and 95-86. Both times, the Sonics missed shots with a chance to pull closer.

Game notes


Seattle F Reggie Evans missed his second straight game after attending a funeral. Evans was expected back for Friday's game, but coach Bob Hill said he had not heard from him. General manger Rick Sund was hopeful Evans would be with the team Saturday in Los Angeles. ... Payton made his fourth trip back to Seattle since he was traded by the Sonics for Allen in 2003. He received a standing ovation. ... Former Sonics Fred Brown and Sam Perkins, and former Seattle Seahawks DE Jacob Green were in attendance.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
SEA
Points 117 104
FGM-FGA 42-84 (.500) 39-88 (.443)
3PM-3PA 8-22 (.364) 3-16 (.188)
FTM-FTA 25-27 (.926) 23-30 (.767)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 12-32
Assists 24 18
Turnovers 15 8
Steals 4 9
Blocks 10 4
Fast Break Points 11 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (1/0)
Largest Lead 21 12

Top Performers

Miami
Seattle
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 15
Reb: 10
Ast: 14
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Rashard Lewis Lewis
Points: 33
Reb: 6
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0