Miami wins series 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Miami wins series 4-1

Game 1: Monday, May 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, May 10th
Game 3: Friday, May 12th
Game 4: Sunday, May 14th
Game 5: Tuesday, May 16th

Nets 89

(49-33, 20-21 away)

Heat 111

(52-30, 31-10 home)

8:00 PM ET, May 10, 2006

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 19 21 27 2289
MIA 41 19 24 27111

Top Performers

NJ: V. Carter 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Mia: D. Wade 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

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

Associated Press

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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 89 111
FGM-FGA 28-70 (.400) 39-74 (.527)
3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 11-20 (.550)
FTM-FTA 28-35 (.800) 22-31 (.710)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-30 9-38
Assists 15 22
Turnovers 13 12
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 0
Fast Break Points 6 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 27

Top Performers

New Jersey
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 22
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 31
Reb: 5
Ast: 6
Stl: 4
Blk: 0