NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Miami
(Friday, March 25th)
Final Score: Miami 125, Phoenix 115
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade finished with 35 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Shaquille O'Neal added 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 125-115 victory over the Phoenix Suns at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eddie Jones posted 23 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who clinched the Southeast Division with the victory while winning for the 13th time in 14 games. Miami (53-17) also moved one-game ahead of Phoenix (51-17) for the best record in the NBA.
"It feels great to be in a new division and to dominate the way we have," said Wade.
Keyon Dooling added 12 points in the victory and Shandon Anderson had 10.
Quentin Richardson paced the Suns with 26 points and Amare Stoudemire recorded 25 points and seven rebounds. Steve Nash notched 19 points and 14 assists for Phoenix, which had its three-game winning streak halted and lost for just the third time in 11 games.
Leandro Barbosa netted 18 points in the loss, while Shawn Marion chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Suns are now just one-half game ahead of San Antonio for the Western Conference lead after the Spurs defeated Atlanta on Friday.
"We won nine straight on the road, so it's not like the world is ending," said Nash. "We just didn't play well enough to win tonight."
The Heat, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 22-4 lead and held a 34-21 cushion after one quarter of play.
Phoenix was able to cut the deficit to 50-49 late in the second quarter, but the Heat held off the charge and carried a 60-54 edge into the locker room.
The Suns evened the score at 71-71 on a Stoudemire free throw with 7:11 left in the third. However, the Heat responded with a 14-4 explosion to regain their double-digit lead. Miami would head into the final quarter with a 94-82 advantage.
Phoenix would never seriously threaten in the fourth quarter and the Heat cruised to the easy win.
Miami has won 16 straight games at home to tie San Antonio for the longest home winning streak in the NBA this season...The Heat picked up their first division title since winning the Atlantic crown in 1999...The Suns had their nine-game road winning streak halted...The Heat recorded a season-high in points.
03/26 00:11:38 ET