Wade shines again as Heat win fourth straight

1/15/2006 - Miami Heat Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Dwyane Wade nearly topped his third career
triple-double by following it with his fourth.

Wade had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Miami's
100-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, the Heat's fourth
straight on a long road trip that is just about over now.

"We've got it now, you know? We've got what we need to do to
win," Wade said.

The Heat overcame Shaquille O'Neal's early foul trouble and any
fatigue they had from playing the night before in Seattle.

Miami was still fresh enough in the fourth quarter to hold off
several late rallies and outrebounded Utah 50-36 -- pulling down 18
offensive boards. The Heat improved to 4-2 on a seven-game trip,
which concludes Monday in Los Angeles when O'Neal returns to face
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

O'Neal, who finished with 14 rebounds, 12 points and three
blocks despite getting two fouls early in the first quarter, wasn't
about to hype up his return.

"I think it's more of TV ratings rivalry rather than a real
rivalry. I think if we both make it to the finals a couple of years
in a row, then it could be a real rivalry," O'Neal said.

The Heat can use a day off after winning on back-to-back nights.
Miami was coming off a 117-104 victory Friday at Seattle.

"Everybody's playing the way they're supposed to play," said
Gary Payton, who finished with 11 points for the Heat.
"Everybody's doing their job. Everybody's being the role player
that they've got to be and doing the things they need to do. It
helps when you've got a lot of veterans on your team."

Andrei Kirilenko had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists,
and Mehmet Okur finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the

Utah could never quite rally from a 10-point deficit early in
the fourth quarter, cutting it to three points twice but getting no

"We came out real soft. They put pressure on us and we just
kind of would hang out," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "That's the
way we played almost all night long."

Wade had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists
Friday night in Seattle. He had a shot at another triple-double,
but spent much of the last minute at the free throw line and
couldn't reach 10 assists and rebounds.

"No matter what, if it was going right or wrong, or guys were
tired, we still got the job done," Wade said. "It's a beautiful
thing to see guys come into their roles."

Wade was 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to
clinch it. He finished 11-for-12 from the line and made 10 of 20
field goals.

The Heat won their fourth straight on the road, their longest
streak of the season, and did it without point guard Jason
Williams, who sat out after playing 36 minutes Friday night in
Seattle. Williams has had tendinitis in his right knee.

Wade, Payton and rookie Gerald Fitch, who scored 10, were fine
in the Heat's backcourt without Williams.

Antoine Walker added nine points for the Heat, hitting
back-to-back 3-pointers to break open a three-point game early in
the fourth.

The Jazz twice closed within three, the second time on a long
3-pointer by Kirilenko with 55 seconds left that made it 95-92. But
the Jazz kept sending Wade to the line and he made all but one
attempt down the stretch.

Game notes
Miami beat Utah for the fourth straight time. ... The Heat
answered Utah's 9-0 run in the first quarter with 10 straight
points, including back-to-back 3-pointers by James Posey, who had
17 points and nine rebounds. ... Okur had 12 points and eight
rebounds in the first quarter. ... Matt Harpring made a shot at the
end of the first half and it withstood a video review and several
protests by the Heat. Replays showed Kirilenko may have touched the
ball after the buzzer and before it went in.