NBA Game Summary - Miami at Phoenix
(Monday, December 10th)
Final Score: Miami 117, Phoenix 113
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade had 31 points as the Miami Heat won back-to-back games for the first time all season, this time shocking the Phoenix Suns, 117-113.
Wade went 13-of-21 from the field, and Shaquille O'Neal dropped 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Heat, as the last-place Southeast Division team knocked off the Pacific Division leaders. Udonis Haslem contributed 21 points and 12 boards, as the Heat dominated on the glass by a 46-29 margin. Dorell Wright chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who shot a sizzling 58.8 percent from the field.
"Now we need to develop some kind of consistency," O'Neal said. "It was a good game. We weren't tired. We wanted to make this a breakthrough game and everybody played really well. The guys shot well and they defended well. Now we just have to be consistent with it."
Amare Stoudemire scored 19 points and had nine rebounds for the Suns, who have lost back-to-back games following a five-game winning streak. The scoring was spread out for Phoenix as Shawn Marion, Raja Bell and Grant Hill also had 19 points. Steve Nash could only muster 11 points, but also had 14 assists.
"The Heat's another team that we, especially in our building, should have been able to come out and stick it to them early," Bell said. "But they did a good job of reversing that and they jumped on us and we couldn't get out of that hole."
Despite facing an 11-point fourth quarter deficit, the Suns had many chances to pull close. With 1:47 left in the game, Nash drilled a three-pointer that pulled the Suns to 106-99. After a pair of Wright free throws, Hill drained a three-pointer with 1:10 left to get Phoenix within 108-102.
After Wade hit two foul shots, Hill did it again. The former Duke player sank his second three-ball in 14 seconds and brought Phoenix within 110-105 with 54.8 seconds remaining.
Marion fouled Miami's Ricky Davis with 36.7 seconds left to give the Heat two foul shots. Davis made the first, but missed the second as Hill pulled down the rebound and called a timeout. With 32.8 seconds left, Nash nailed a 26- foot three-pointer to make the score 111-108.
Haslem was fouled by Nash on the ensuing drive and sank both shots to increase Miami's lead to 113-108. As Phoenix was trying to counter with its next possession, Wade stole a pass and went coast-to-coast with a dunk to put the game out of reach at 115-108 with 10 seconds remaining.
The Heat came out on fire, scoring 40 first-quarter points. The lead was all thanks to an 18-5 run that was capped off with an O'Neal bank shot with 1:55 remaining. The Heat were up 40-29 after the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Phoenix pull it together, get close and cut its deficit to four points, as Miami went into halftime with a lead of 67-63.
The Heat started the second half by going on a 9-2 run that was finished with a Wade layup at the 9:09 mark. The Miami dominance continued as the Heat went into the final frame up 89-80. Their last 11-point lead was 98-87.
Miami snapped Phoenix's nine-game win streak against the Eastern Conference...The victory marks the first time since April 11-13 of 2007 that the Heat have won consecutive games...The win is only Miami's second in its last eight attempts against Phoenix...Miami has scored 100-plus points in five straight games. The Heat only managed to break 100 twice in the first 16 games...Phoenix has been outrebounded 101-62 in its last two games.
12/11 01:59:59 ET