Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 3rd
Game 2: Thursday, March 3rd
Game 3: Saturday, March 12th

Heat 106

(43-16, 20-11 away)

Nets 90

(26-33, 16-13 home)

7:30 PM ET, March 3, 2005

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 15 29 32 30106
NJ 24 24 17 2590

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Blk

NJ: V. Carter 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast

Mourning enters game during garbage time

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal returned from a three-game absence and had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade led a third-quarter surge that sent the Miami Heat past the New Jersey Nets 106-90 Thursday night.

Wade had 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who thoroughly outclassed the Nets in the second half to end New Jersey's three-game winning streak.

The final two quarters were so lopsided that Alonzo Mourning was able to make his Heat debut during garbage time, playing the final 2:19 and grabbing two rebounds. The 11-year veteran, who left Miami as a free agent two summers ago, re-signed with the Heat earlier this week after being traded from New Jersey to Toronto and then being waived by the Raptors.

Vince Carter scored 27 points to lead the Nets, but he shot just 1-for-11 in the second half and missed his final seven attempts. The Nets shot only 37 percent overall and were outrebounded 47-31.

Miami also got 15 points from Eddie Jones and 13 from Udonis Haslem to improve the Eastern Conference's best record to 43-16. The Heat went 2-1 in their three games without O'Neal, who sprained his left knee Feb. 22 against Chicago.

The Nets went ahead by 14 points during the first quarter as Carter shot 5-for-6 and Wade was 1-for-6, but Miami worked its way back during the second quarter and pulled to 48-44 by halftime.

A 3-pointer by Damon Jones tied it at 48-all early in the third quarter, and Wade had 12 points and six assists over the remainder of the period to help the Heat to a 76-65 lead entering the fourth.

Game notes

The Nets briefly went to a Hack-A-Shaq strategy trailing by 15 with 4 minutes left, abandoning the intentional fouling approach after O'Neal went 4-for-4 from the line. He finished 8-for-11. ... Nets F Brian Scalabrine was activated from the injured list after undergoing minor knee surgery and saw his first playing time since Jan. 26. He had two points in six minutes. ... Carter reached 20 points for the 17th consecutive game. His personal record is 23 in a row. Allen Iverson of Philadelphia has the league's longest current streak of 20-point games with 34.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 106 90
FGM-FGA 37-73 (.507) 30-80 (.375)
3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 28-38 (.737) 23-31 (.742)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-47 8-31
Assists 24 22
Turnovers 11 6
Steals 4 7
Blocks 9 2
Fast Break Points 6 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (2/0)
Largest Lead 19 14

Top Performers

New Jersey
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 27
Reb: 6
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 4
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 27
Reb: 3
Ast: 9
Stl: 0
Blk: 0