NBA Game Summary - Miami at Washington
(Wednesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Miami 98, Washington 93
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Damon Jones hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 21 seconds left and Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, as the Miami Heat recorded a 98-93 win over the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.
Jones scored 23 points, shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-12 from three-point range, for the Heat, who have notched a season-high six straight wins. Wade, playing with an injured left ankle, also recorded nine assists, as Miami swept a home-and-home from Washington.
Wade was injured early in the third quarter of Monday's 106-83 win in Miami, but Shaquille O'Neal picked up the pace with 40 points in the rout. In this contest, it was Wade picking it up for an ineffective O'Neal. The guard scored 20 points in the second half and sparked a late 12-4 run.
O'Neal fouled out late in the fourth, finishing with just 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot only 1-of-8 from the free throw line.
"This is the first time in my career when I go out of the game or even foul out that I'm not worried because I know I've got Mike (Doleac) and Christian (Laettner) to back me up," O'Neal said. "We match up with this team pretty well. They have a lot of energy and a lot of shooters but if we can contain both their energy and their shooters we can beat them."
Antawn Jamison scored a team-high 26 points, but missed two key shots in the final 20 seconds, as the Wizards suffered their second straight loss after winning nine of 11. Gilbert Arenas added 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Washington, which has dropped four in a row this season and eight straight to the Heat dating back to last season.
Washington held a 26-23 lead after one and extended the advantage to 47-43 through the first 24 minutes of play. The Wizards continued to lead by four after three quarters, 75-71, but Miami opened the fourth with a 6-2 spurt to forge a 77-77 tie 3:19 into the frame.
The Wizards later regained an 84-80 edge after Brendan Haywood connected on a three-point play with 6:22 left.
The Heat, however, answered by scoring six straight for their first second- half lead and used a 12-4 run to grab a 92-88 advantage. Wade scored four straight to give his club an 86-84 edge and then assisted on Jones' basket with 2:50 left for a 92-88 lead.
A three-point play by Jamison drew Washington within 92-91 with 1:36 left.
O'Neal then fouled out for the Heat with 59 seconds remaining, sending Haywood to the line. However, he missed both at the stripe to keep it a one-point affair.
Wade responded with a missed runner and then fouled Arenas at the other end. Arenas drained both from the line with 34 seconds on the clock to give the lead back to the Wizards, 93-92.
Wade atoned for the miss and foul on his club's ensuing possession, driving to the lane and dishing to Jones for a wide-open three with 21 ticks left.
After a timeout, Arenas found Jamison driving to the hoop, but Jamison's runner was blocked by Christian Laettner, who came on for O'Neal. Wade came down with the rebound, was fouled and hit one-of-two for a 96-93 lead with 10 seconds remaining.
On Washington's next possession, Jamison missed a three-pointer with six seconds on the clock and Miami came down with the rebound and two free throws by Jones capped the scoring.
Haywood had nine points and 12 boards and Larry Hughes tallied 19 points and six rebounds for Washington, which is 10-2 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.
"I'm glad I don't have to see them until the playoffs -- maybe," Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan said. "I don't want to see them then, but I do want to see the playoffs, and maybe they're there. But I'm glad we're done with them. They pose a huge problem."
The game was briefly delayed with 7:19 left in the first quarter after a scoreboard malfunction...The Wizards announced before the game that their January 6, 2005 contest versus Seattle at the MCI Center will be televised on TNT at 7 p.m., marking Washington's first nationally televised game since April 16, 2003 at Philadelphia (ESPN)...Rasual Butler had 11 points off the bench for Miami...Washington's last win against the Heat came on April 11, 2003...Jamison received five stitches under his left eye in the first quarter and returned to the game.
12/15 23:16:22 ET