O'Neal scored a season-high 26 points and Eddie Jones added a
season-high 27 to help the Miami Heat defeat Milwaukee 113-106
Wednesday night for their second victory over the Bucks in four
"I told him I needed him, I needed him to step up," O'Neal
said. "And, he did that for me."
Jones scored 12 points in the first quarter and then teamed up
with O'Neal during a 33-14 run in the third quarter that gave the
Heat command of the game.
With the Heat trailing 51-43, Jones had 12 points during the
surge, scoring from outside and inside. He started the run with a
3-pointer, then added three layups and three free throws.
O'Neal had 11 points and four assists during the run. He had two
dunks, a baby hook, a layup and three free throws as the Bucks had
no answer for his presence and power in the paint.
Shaq said that he took a better approach this time than when the
two were teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996-1999.
"I didn't want to jump down Eddie's throat like I did when both
of us played for the Lakers," Shaq said. "So, I tried a different
approach this time. The approach that I took worked. It was a more
cool, calm, collected approach."
Shaq also displayed someting else his teammates hadn't seen -- a
sprint down the floor in the third quarter.
"I was just trying to sprint back on defense before the offense
came down and got set up," he said with a wry smile.
Dwyane Wade added 18 points and seven assists, but just missed
extending his streak of six consecutive games with at least 20
points. He fouled out with 1:11 to play and was called for a
Redd said the game was all about adjustments. The Heat made them
and the Bucks didn't.
"We were confused on the defensive end," he said. "Give them
Damon Jones, who played for the Bucks last season, had 17
points, including eight free throws in the final minute to keep the
Heat in control.
O'Neal, who had 19 points and 18 rebounds in the Heat's 112-110
double-overtime victory over the Bucks on Sunday night, missed his
first two shots but then connected on every attempt the rest of the
way. He shot 9-of-11 with seven rebounds and six assists.
"It's hard to stop him, because he is such a dominant player,"
Redd said. "Then, he starts making his free throws."
Erik Strickland tied Shaq up late in the third, but it quickly
became comical. Strickland embraced him and then started slapping
him up and down the back before the referees blew the whistle.
Shaq missed 12 free throws against the Bucks on Sunday night.
Wednesday night, he missed eight.
Wade didn't play against the Bucks on Sunday, missing his second
consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. However, he returned
Tuesday night and scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half of
Miami's 108-97 loss at Minnesota, dropping the Heat to 0-3 against
the Western Conference.
This victory helped Miami improve to 6-0 against Eastern
Conference teams for the first time in franchise history. The
Heat's previous best was 2-0, a feat accomplished three times.
^Notes:@ The Heat shot 12-of-16 in the third quarter. ... Bucks C
ZaZa Pachulia (sore right foot) missed his fourth consecutive game.
... James missed the first five games of the season with a left rib
injury. The Bucks placed F Toni Kukoc on the injury list with a
right hip strain. ... The Heat-Bucks matchup attracted 15,891, far
short of a sell out.