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Wade Helps Heat Derail the Rockets

Associated Press
Monday, January 31, 2005; Page D04

Dwyane Wade had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, helping the Miami Heat overcome a frustrating day for Shaquille O'Neal and defeat the visiting Houston Rockets yesterday, 104-95.

Wade had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for Miami, which won its third straight -- and improved Stan Van Gundy's record to 2-1 when facing his brother, Rockets Coach Jeff Van Gundy.

Amare Stoudemire, shooting over Donyell Marshall, scored 27 points in the Suns' victory in Toronto. (Frank Gunn -- AP)

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Foul trouble limited O'Neal to 27 minutes; he had 15 points and five rebounds, but did come up with a crucial three-point play in the final minute.

Udonis Haslem hit his first seven shots from the floor and finished with 16 for Miami, as did Damon Jones. All five Heat starters scored in double figures for the second straight game.

"I think guys are getting more comfortable in their role, taking shots when they're there," Wade said. "Hopefully, that continues. That'll mean we'll be at our best come playoff time."

Tracy McGrady had 28 points for Houston, which had won three straight road games. Yao Ming had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Rockets, and Bob Sura added 21 points.

The Rockets got within 71-70 when McGrady hit a jumper with 1 minute 38 seconds left in the third quarter, but Miami scored the next seven points -- the last five by Eddie Jones to open the fourth quarter -- and maintained its lead the rest of the way.

"Our defense wasn't great tonight," Sura said. "They played pretty good offensively, and we just had a hard time guarding them."

SUNS 123, RAPTORS 105: In Toronto, Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter as Phoenix notched its fifth win in a row.

The Suns outscored the Raptors 46-26 in the third quarter, the most points the Raptors have allowed in any quarter in their 10-year history.

Shawn Marion added 21 points and 17 rebounds for Phoenix and Steve Nash had 19 points and 12 assists. Chris Bosh tied a career high with 27 points for Toronto, which has lost three straight.

KINGS 94, TIMBERWOLVES 84: Brad Miller had 27 points, 15 rebounds and plenty of help picking up the slack for two injured stars, sparking Sacramento to a victory in Minneapolis.

The Kings' back court, Cuttino Mobley (23 points) and Mike Bibby (21 points), combined for 34 points over the final two quarters following a slow first half. Star forwards Peja Stojakovic (back spasms) and Chris Webber (sore left knee) didn't play.

Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the Timberwolves, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.

CAVALIERS 104, BUCKS 87: Drew Gooden scored 27 of his career-high 33 points in the second half and Zydrunas Ilgauskas piled up 28 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks as LeBron James-less Cleveland beat visiting Milwaukee.

Ilgauskas and Gooden took over in the second half, scoring 42 of Cleveland's 50 points and adding 16 rebounds after halftime as the Cavaliers improved to an Eastern Conference-best 16-4 at home.

Jeff McInnis had 16 points and matched a career high with 15 assists for Cleveland, which is 1-1 without James, still out with a sprained ankle. Coach Paul Silas expects to have James back for tomorrow's game in Orlando.

Michael Redd scored 23 points for the Bucks, who scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

LAKERS 101, BOBCATS 90: Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins each scored 20 points, and Chris Mihm had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Los Angeles at home.

Lakers Coach Rudy Tomjanovich missed the game because of a stomach virus. Assistant coach Frank Hamblen guided the team.

Primoz Brezec had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-19 on the road.

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