Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/13

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

SuperSonics 106

(21-36, 9-22 away)

Heat 115

(35-20, 20-6 home)

7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2006

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 27 26 35 18106
MIA 39 29 25 22115

Top Performers

Seattle: R. Lewis 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Miami: S. O'Neal 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Blk

Shaq hits first 14 shots as Heat beat Sonics

MIAMI (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal made his first 14 shots, finishing 15-for-16, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to a season-best five games in a row, beating the short-handed Seattle SuperSonics 115-106 Saturday night.

O'Neal finished with 31 points despite going 1-for-6 from the line. His only missed field goal attempt came on a short turnaround with 2 minutes left, but he hit the follow for a 111-104 lead.

The Heat led 89-68 midway through the third period before Seattle rallied. Mike Wilks, acquired Thursday in a trade with Cleveland, made his Sonics debut and twice sank baskets to cut the margin to one, but Dwyane Wade hit four baskets down the stretch to seal the win.

Wade added 26 points for the Heat, who had 35 fast-break points, 84 points in the paint and 51 field goals, all season highs. They've taken advantage of a soft stretch in the schedule, and their next six games are against teams with losing records.

The Sonics, who lost for the second night in a row, dressed only nine players. Bryon Russell and Earl Watson, acquired Thursday from Denver, won't join the team until it returns to Seattle. Nick Collison was in Seattle with his wife, who gave birth Saturday.

Rashard Lewis scored 25 points for Seattle. Ray Allen, uncertain whether he would be able to play after sitting out Friday's loss at Orlando with a stomach ailment, added 21 points. Wilks scored 12 in 22 minutes.

James Posey had a season-high six assists, 13 points and seven rebounds for Miami.

The teams wore throwback uniforms, with the Heat in Miami Floridian jerseys, and the game had the freeform flow of an ABA shootout.

The Heat made plenty of highlight-reel plays en route to their big lead, while the Sonics showed why they're last in the NBA in defense. During one frantic sequence, Jason Williams fed Wade for a reverse alley-oop dunk, then hit Antoine Walker for a fast-break layup and a 31-17 lead.

Wade was on the feeding end of an alley-oop when he hit O'Neal on the run for a dunk. During a second-half skirmish under the basket, Wade hiked the ball between his legs to O'Neal for another dunk.

The Heat made nine of their first 11 shots in the second half, and a basket by O'Neal gave Miami its biggest lead. But Seattle outscored Miami 20-4 the rest of the quarter and trailed only 93-88 entering the final period.

Game notes


Collison's wife had an 8-pound, 12-ounce girl. ... Swingman Derek Anderson, acquired by Miami in trade Thursday, was inactive. ... The Heat had 19 fast-break points in the first quarter, a season high for any period. That was more than they've had in 48 games this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
MIA
Points 106 115
FGM-FGA 38-90 (.422) 51-87 (.586)
3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 3-18 (.167)
FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 10-21 (.476)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 10-51
Assists 19 34
Turnovers 10 15
Steals 10 5
Blocks 2 9
Fast Break Points 19 35
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 21 (2/0)
Largest Lead 3 21

Top Performers

Seattle
Miami
Rashard Lewis Lewis
Points: 25
Reb: 9
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 31
Reb: 9
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 4