MIAMI (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal made his first 14 shots, finishing
15-for-16, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to a
season-best five games in a row, beating the short-handed Seattle
SuperSonics 115-106 Saturday night.
O'Neal finished with 31 points despite going 1-for-6 from the
line. His only missed field goal attempt came on a short turnaround
with 2 minutes left, but he hit the follow for a 111-104 lead.
The Heat led 89-68 midway through the third period before
Seattle rallied. Mike Wilks, acquired Thursday in a trade with
Cleveland, made his Sonics debut and twice sank baskets to cut the
margin to one, but Dwyane Wade hit four baskets down the stretch to
seal the win.
Wade added 26 points for the Heat, who had 35 fast-break points,
84 points in the paint and 51 field goals, all season highs.
They've taken advantage of a soft stretch in the schedule, and
their next six games are against teams with losing records.
The Sonics, who lost for the second night in a row, dressed only
nine players. Bryon Russell and Earl Watson, acquired Thursday from
Denver, won't join the team until it returns to Seattle. Nick
Collison was in Seattle with his wife, who gave birth Saturday.
Rashard Lewis scored 25 points for Seattle. Ray Allen, uncertain
whether he would be able to play after sitting out Friday's loss at
Orlando with a stomach ailment, added 21 points. Wilks scored 12 in
James Posey had a season-high six assists, 13 points and seven
rebounds for Miami.
The teams wore throwback uniforms, with the Heat in Miami
Floridian jerseys, and the game had the freeform flow of an ABA
The Heat made plenty of highlight-reel plays en route to their
big lead, while the Sonics showed why they're last in the NBA in
defense. During one frantic sequence, Jason Williams fed Wade for a
reverse alley-oop dunk, then hit Antoine Walker for a fast-break
layup and a 31-17 lead.
Wade was on the feeding end of an alley-oop when he hit O'Neal
on the run for a dunk. During a second-half skirmish under the
basket, Wade hiked the ball between his legs to O'Neal for another
The Heat made nine of their first 11 shots in the second half,
and a basket by O'Neal gave Miami its biggest lead. But Seattle
outscored Miami 20-4 the rest of the quarter and trailed only 93-88
entering the final period.
Collison's wife had an 8-pound, 12-ounce girl. ... Swingman
Derek Anderson, acquired by Miami in trade Thursday, was inactive.
... The Heat had 19 fast-break points in the first quarter, a
season high for any period. That was more than they've had in 48
games this season.