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O'Neal Is Injured as Bulls Beat Heat in OT

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 23, 2005; Page D06

Ben Gordon hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime and scored 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-101 victory last night over the visiting Miami Heat, which lost Shaquille O'Neal in the opening minutes to a knee injury.

O'Neal strained his left knee in the opening minutes after he went up for an alley-oop pass from Dwyane Wade and fell on Chicago's Othella Harrington. O'Neal stayed on the floor for several minutes holding his knee before being helped off the court. X-rays did not reveal any severe injury immediately and he will be reevaluated before tonight's game at Indiana.

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Gordon continues to deliver in the clutch, hitting three three-pointers and scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter. He leads the NBA with 15 games scoring 10 or more points in the fourth quarter.

"I take a lot of pride in it," Gordon said. "It is not really something I say to myself, I'm going to hit every big shot, it sort of happens that way," Gordon said.

After Eddie Jones tied it for the Heat at the buzzer in regulation, scoring off a teammate's air ball, Gordon scored the first eight points in the overtime period.

• RAPTORS 100, NETS 82: The sight of his old team made Vince Carter look like the player Toronto wanted to get rid of. Carter struggled in his first game against the team that traded him to New Jersey earlier this season, missing 17 of 25 shots while being outplayed by Jalen Rose in Toronto's victory in East Rutherford, N.J.

Rose shot 12 for 15, scored 30 points and did a fine defensive job on Carter. Carter scored 22 points, and Jason Kidd 20 for the Nets.

• PACERS 108, MAGIC 84: Jermaine O'Neal scored 20 points to help lead Indiana's rout on the road. Indiana shot 50 percent, handing Orlando its worst loss of the season.

Steve Francis had his worst performance, scoring six points -- almost 16 below his season average -- while missing 8 of 10 shots. He also committed four turnovers, and had only one assist.

That wasn't the worst news for Francis. Earlier in the day, the team fined him an undisclosed amount for missing a practice after he missed a flight from Houston on Monday.

• SUPERSONICS 87, ROCKETS 85: Ray Allen scored 29 points, capped by two free throws with 17 seconds left, to help snap host Houston's eight-game winning streak.

• BUCKS 112, BOBCATS 102: In Charlotte, Michael Redd scored 39 points in his return to Milwaukee's lineup. Redd, who missed the last three games because of a sprained index finger, went 15 of 24 from the field and made four three-pointers.

• PISTONS 97, KNICKS 88: Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each scored 19 points to help host Detroit win its fifth straight and 10th of its past 11.

• KINGS 114, HAWKS 104: Chris Webber scored 30 points and Mike Bibby had 23 for host Sacramento.

• LAKERS 104, CELTICS 95: Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom scored 21 points each and Chris Mihm had 19 points and 15 rebounds in Los Angeles.


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