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Heat ride Wade's 17 first-period points in Game 2

MIAMI (AP) -- Siohvaughn Wade doesn't necessarily enjoy when her
husband leaves home for a late-night workout.

"Actually, she hates it," Dwyane Wade said.

If those sessions always equate into this kind of result, well,
she'll probably learn to handle it.

Wade -- who was practicing with Shaquille O'Neal into the wee
hours of Wednesday morning -- scored 17 of his 31 points in the
first quarter, sparking the Miami Heat to a huge early lead that
they rode to a 111-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Game 2 of
the Eastern Conference semifinals.

O'Neal added 21 points for Miami, which outscored New Jersey
25-4 in the game's first 5:49 and never looked back, ensuring that
it wouldn't suffer the ignominy of losing the first two games of a
series at home.

Now, to reclaim homecourt advantage, the Heat will need to win
only once in New Jersey, where the best-of-seven series resumes
Friday night.

"Dwyane, you could almost sense it this morning that he was in
a little bit of a different state," Heat coach Pat Riley said.
"He was very upset after the game the other night, as was
everybody. We played probably the best quarter of the year. We
needed it."

Vince Carter had 22 points for the Nets, while Richard Jefferson
-- showing no ill effects from the ankle-and-heel bone bruise he
suffered in Game 1 -- added 16.

Jason Kidd had 15 points and Nenad Krstic added 14 for New
Jersey, which matched the second-biggest margin of defeat in
franchise playoff history. The Nets were beaten by 23 points twice
during the 2002 postseason, once each by Indiana and the Los
Angeles Lakers.

"Their overall intent was greater and sharper than ours," Nets
coach Lawrence Frank said. "The bottom line is that we went into
this talking, 'Look, every game you're trying to win. You're never
just satisfied.' But at the same time, Miami played with a great
sense of urgency. From that first quarter on, we never recovered."

Jason Williams scored 14 points, Udonis Haslem had 11 points and
10 rebounds and Gary Payton added 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting for
Miami.

The Heat left no doubt early, their emphatic opening run getting
fueled by a trio of 3-pointers from Wade -- who has never made more
than three as a pro, yet had that many in the first 4:17 of Game 2.

It seemed like everything that went wrong for the Heat in the
opener went their way Wednesday. Miami trailed 18-5 in the early
minutes of Game 1 and was down by 17 after the first quarter of
that game, en route to a 12-point loss.

"We didn't want to have two games in a row like that," O'Neal
said.

So, Wade vowed this one would be different.

"Tonight, I wanted to come out and attack early, set the
tempo," Wade said.

And he delivered.

"That first quarter, they blitzed us. ... Dwyane Wade was
tremendous," Frank said.

Wade made his first five shots, outscoring the Nets 13-4 in the
first 3:59. Miami made 10 of its first 13 shots, while the Nets
misfired on nine of their first 11 tries. And by the time either
member of New Jersey's starting backcourt scored, Wade and Williams
already had 21 points for the Heat.

"They came out ready to play. Plain and simple," Carter said.
"We were knocked back on our heels from the jump and couldn't
recover."

Wade's jumper with 0.9 seconds left in the opening quarter, over
Carter, gave Miami a 41-19 lead. New Jersey didn't crack the
41-point mark until its first possession of the second half, when
Jefferson hit a 20-footer to draw the Nets within 60-42.

"It was Game 1 in reverse," Kidd said.

O'Neal had 11 points in the third quarter, three baskets coming
after Jason Collins went to the bench with five fouls only 1:49
into the second half. And all the while, O'Neal's father, Phil
Harrison, sat not far from the court in a white cap and shirt,
nodding his approval.

"The other night, we just gave one away," O'Neal said. "It
happens like that sometimes in the playoffs."

New Jersey made one rally, an 11-2 run over a 3-minute stretch
late in the third. Jefferson hit a floater from the foul line with
1:55 left to cut Miami's lead to 79-64, and Lamond Murray's open
3-point try 44 seconds later hit the back iron, but wouldn't fall.

O'Neal grabbed the rebound, then later in the possession found
James Posey for a 3-pointer that restored an 18-point lead. Antoine
Walker and Payton then hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the
fourth, and Wade crossover-dribbled his way free for a spectacular
dunk that made it 92-68 with 10:36 left.

And with the lead 105-81 with 6:00 left, the Nets made a
wholesale lineup change, getting all their regulars some rest for
Game 3. O'Neal and Wade didn't play again from that point, either.

"We needed this game," Wade said.

Game notes
Wade's 17 points were a Heat postseason record for the
first quarter, and the team's 41 points set a record for any
period. ... New Jersey turned the ball over three times in the
first five minutes; Miami made 3-pointers after each giveaway. ...
Former Nets standout Kenyon Martin was in attendance, as was
Florida Panthers coach Jacques Martin, singers Kelly Rowland and
Gloria Estefan, and Hall of Fame center Bill Russell. ... Even down
by 23 points late in the half, Carter enjoyed watching the Heat's
"Golden Oldies" -- a collection of seniors age 62 to 80, dancing
at midcourt. "Funnier than hell," Carter said as they trotted
off.