<
>

Shaq's double-double leads Miami past Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Add Derek Anderson to the list of the Miami
Heat players who have made life miserable for the Washington
Wizards.

Even with Dwyane Wade fighting both foul trouble and the flu,
the Heat made it 16 in a row over the Wizards on Saturday night.
Anderson scored 20 points in his best game since joining Miami in
February, and Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a
99-86 victory.

"It's the first time I've ever seen Dwayne Wade under control
from our team," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "And yet they
still prevailed."

The Heat trailed by 12 in the first quarter, but from then on
there was no stopping O'Neal and Anderson, who were a lethal
inside-outside combination in place of the usual O'Neal-Wade.
O'Neal went 13-for-16 from the field, and Anderson made five
3-pointers and had four assists and two steals.

"I'm getting there," said Anderson, who was sidelined much of
the season with a calf injury before being traded by Houston on
Feb. 23. "I'm getting in shape and my defense is getting better.
You forget I was out two-and-a-half months, and then coming into a
system with, like, three days of practice. I've been here nine
years, so it ain't like I don't know what I'm doing. I just have to
figure out how to get it done."

Gary Payton added 13 points, and Udonis Haslem had 13 points and
14 rebounds for the Heat, whose domination of the Wizards includes
12 straight regular-season games and a four-game sweep in the
second round of last year's playoffs.

Wade scored 11 points in only 21 foul-plagued minutes, but he
did enough to set a Miami franchise record with 76 consecutive
games scoring in double digits. Wade had missed the shootaround
with the flu and a 101- degree temperature.

The Heat, holding second place in the Eastern Conference,
entered the game on a 1-3 slide.

"Sometimes we play the caliber of a good team, and sometimes we
don't know what we're doing out there," O'Neal said, "so we have
to develop some type of playoff-mentality-like chemistry. The
playoffs will be here soon, and New Jersey is on our tail so we
just want to try to maintain our lead and maintain the spot."

Two players battling injuries -- Gilbert Arenas and Antonio
Daniels -- were the only Wizards in double figures. Arenas scored 30
points, and Daniels had a season-high 25. They accounted for 48 of
their team's 63 points through three quarters.

Arenas played despite spraining a muscle in his lower back
sprain in Friday's loss at Atlanta. Daniels was a game-time
decision after missing Friday's game with a sprained left wrist.

"It's hurting," said Arenas, who vowed to keep playing until
the Wizards clinch the fifth seed in the playoffs. "Maybe we can
get it to 80 percent before the next game."

Antawn Jamison struggled for the second straight game, shooting
4-for-18 from the field to finish with eight points. Caron Butler
(sprained right thumb) and Etan Thomas (lower back pain) did not
play, and the Wizards didn't get a single point from their bench
until Calvin Booth hit a pair of baskets early in the fourth
quarter.

Washington had its lead over sixth-place Milwaukee cut to two
games.

"Their bench really did a good job, especially Derek Anderson.
We didn't have anybody to really counter him," Jordan said.
"Gilbert did a terrific job, Antonio did a terrific job, we just
didn't have that third, fourth scorer for us."

In the first quarter, it appeared the Wizards had found the
karma needed to emphatically put away their nemesis. Wade got in
early foul trouble, the Heat committed seven turnovers, Arenas
tossed in a hopeful 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer, and Daniels
hopped several times on one leg to keep his balance after making a
3 that gave Washington a 29-17 lead.

But the second and third quarters were all Heat, led by Anderson
and O'Neal. The Wizards started 1-for-11 in the second quarter,
while Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers, stole an inbounds pass
and had two assists in a 22-9 run that gave Miami a 49-38 lead.

In the third quarter, Anderson stole an outlet pass and fed
O'Neal for a dunk as part of an 8-2 run that gave the Heat a 71-59
lead. Washington didn't get within single digits again.

Game notes
Wade's double-digit streak started late last season, on
April 15 against Philadelphia. Alonzo Mourning held the old Heat
record. ... Butler missed his second straight game and is
day-to-day, but coach Eddie Jordan said Thomas has felt discomfort
for at least a week and could miss another week. Thomas left in the
first half of Friday night's game against Atlanta and did not
return.