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Miami 105, Seattle 98

11/19/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Miami coach Stan Van Gundy knew it would be tough
to stop Rashard Lewis and Ronald "Flip" Murray, two of the NBA's
top scorers.

The Heat couldn't do it. Turns out, they didn't need to.

Lamar Odom had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Eddie Jones scored 20
points and Miami earned its first road win of the season with a
105-98 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday night.

"It was a wild game," Van Gundy said. "We knew coming in that
they really scramble the game up. It was a game that you were going
to be in the open floor a lot and have a chance to make plays."

The Heat made plenty of plays when it counted most, especially
Jones, who scored nine points in the fourth quarter.

With Miami trailing 81-76 early in the fourth, Jones
jump-started the offense with two free throws and a 3-pointer.

The Heat then went on a 22-9 run that Jones capped when he
banked in a jump shot as the shot clock expired with 2:47 to go,
stretching Miami's lead to 99-91.

Murray tried to bring Seattle back, scoring five points in the
final two minutes. His runner with 22 seconds cut Miami's lead to
102-98.

But the Heat sealed the win with two free throws by Jones and
one by Rafer Alston.

"We hit the shots when we needed to," Odom said. "We have the
players to win games. We finally got frustrated from losing, so we
came out here and played a focused game."

Rookie Dwyane Wade had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists
and four steals for the Heat (3-8).

Murray scored a career-high 31 points. It was the eighth time in
nine games he scored 20 or more since taking over as the starting
shooting guard in place of injured Ray Allen.

Lewis added 16 for Seattle (6-3), which dropped to 2-2 at home.

"There was no team chemistry. There was a lot of one-on-one
stuff. We weren't in our flow," Murray said.

Miami improved to 1-6 on the road.

The first half was sloppy, as the teams combined for 22
turnovers. Miami shot 6-of-7 in the opening minutes to take a 17-12
lead. Seattle kept pace by hitting five 3-pointers in the first
eight minutes.

"It was rebounding, it was everything. We didn't stop anything
on the defensive end," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said.

Murray had 11 points at halftime, and Lewis added eight for
Seattle. Wade had 10 at the break for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had
eight.

Game notes
Seattle dropped to 14-2 all-time at home against Miami. ...
Miami's Bimbo Coles was called for a technical for arguing after he
was whistled for fouling Murray on a desperation jump shot with 0.6
seconds left in the first half. Antonio Daniels made the technical
free throw, and Murray made one of two foul shots to tie the score
at 51 at halftime. ... Daniels scored his 3,000th career point on a
driving layup with 4:26 left in the first quarter.