Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
Game 2: Sunday, January 22nd

Kings 99

(17-23, 5-12 away)

Heat 119

(24-17, 13-5 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    6:00 PM ET, January 22, 2006

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 24 34 26 1599
    MIA 37 23 29 30119

    Top Performers

    Sac: M. Bibby 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 8 Ast

    Mia: J. Williams 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl

    Heat take control in second half, beat Kings

    MIAMI (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal was back in dominant form Sunday night.

    O'Neal scored 27 points, shooting 11-of-15 from the field and leading the Miami Heat over the Sacramento Kings 119-99.

    Slowed by an early season ankle injury, O'Neal's offensive output has dropped eight points per game this season from his career average of 26 points.

    "We are all so quick to judge around here, but the demise of Shaquille O'Neal has been greatly exaggerated," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I guarantee you that."

    Dwyane Wade added 22 points and Jason Williams had 19, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line, as Miami snapped a two-game losing streak.

    "I'm just trying to get it back," said O'Neal, whose injury forced him to miss 18 games. "We just need to go out and get it done as a five-man unit."

    Williams made six free throws and O'Neal had three field goals to help Miami put away the game with a 19-9 run that opened a 108-93 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    "You all (the media) might have made him mad," Wade said of O'Neal. "I think you all lit a fire under him. He's been playing well the last couple of games. He continued to do it today."

    Peja Stojakovic scored 19 points in the Kings' second loss in two nights in Florida. Sacramento lost 83-78 in overtime at Orlando on Saturday.

    "They hit us in every phase of the game," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They overpowered us inside and they got us on the open court and we didn't get back. We did all right offensively for a while, but as soon as we turned it over and missed shots, they were outrunning us."

    After trailing the entire first half, Sacramento took its first lead 63-62 on Stojakovic's 3-pointer 46 seconds into the second half. Stojakovic hit another 3-pointer with 5:01 remaining in the third period, increasing the Kings' lead to 77-72.

    But the Heat retook the lead for good on a 7-0 spurt to end the quarter as Williams scored on two driving layups and Antoine Walker hit a 3-pointer. Sacramento's four turnovers in the period helped Miami break open the game.

    "When you're on the road, you can't turn ball over, especially against a team like Miami," Stojakovic said. "They're going to take advantage of that and they did."

    O'Neal and Udonis Haslem scored 24 of the Heat's first 27 points of the game, each scoring 12 and helping Miami to a 37-24 lead in the first quarter.

    The Kings cut Miami's advantage to 53-49 as Shareef Abdur-Rahim hit two free throws with 3:27 remaining in the second quarter. Francisco Garcia keyed Sacramento's comeback, scoring 10 points in the period, including two 3-pointers.

    "We got out to a fast start, but there was a little dead spot there," O'Neal said. "Tonight we let them get back too close, but the third and fourth quarter guys played well and buckled down on defense and got it done as a five-man unit."

    Miami's 24-17 record at the season's midway point is five games off last season's pace.

    "We are winning, but not at the rate that I think we should," Riley said. "I don't think people are satisfied with it. I know I'm not."

    Game notes

    Stojakovic played in his 518th career game with the Kings, moving him past Mitch Richmond and into eighth place on the franchise's all-time list. ... The Heat's 16 field goals and 13 assists in the first period were both season highs for a quarter. ... A number of sports stars attended the game. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, tennis' Andre Agassi and his wife, Steffi Graf, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens and New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey all sat at courtside.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 119
    FGM-FGA 38-88 (.432) 47-79 (.595)
    3PM-3PA 9-19 (.474) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 20-30 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-43 8-37
    Assists 22 28
    Turnovers 14 6
    Steals 2 10
    Blocks 2 9
    Fast Break Points 5 33
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 20

    Top Performers

    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 17
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jason Williams Williams
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0