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O'Neal leads Miami over Trail Blazers

By Associated Press
Published January 8, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore.- The Heat began its longest road trip of the season by getting double-doubles from Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade to defeat the injury-depleted Trail Blazers 103-92 Friday night.

O'Neal had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Wade had 25 points and 12 assists for the Heat, who led by as many as 22 in winning for the 16th time in 17 games. Their only loss came Monday against the SuperSonics, and they can avenge it Sunday night at Seattle on the second stop of a five-game trip.

Miami has won eight straight road games.

Ruben Patterson moved into the starting lineup and had 27 points for the Blazers. Zach Randolph added 25 before fouling out. Portland has lost five of its last six.

BUCKS 107, RAPTORS 105 (OT): Desmond Mason had 23 points and Michael Redd scored 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter for visiting Milwaukee. Jalen Rose sent the game overtime with a driving layup at the buzzer, but Mason went 3-for-4 from the line in the final 22 seconds of the extra period. Toronto's Morris Peterson missed a potential tying jumper with one second left.

NETS 82, WARRIORS 72: Vince Carter scored 22, Richard Jefferson had 20 and Jason Kidd narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season as the Nets bounced back from two bad road losses. Kidd had 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the Nets sent the visiting Warriors to their fourth straight loss.

T'WOLVES 89, 76ERS 84: Sam Cassell scored Minnesota's first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 26 as the host Timberwolves ended a four-game losing streak. The 76ers played without guard Allen Iverson, who sat out the game with a sprained right ankle sustained Wednesday at Utah.

PISTONS 110, CELTICS 104: Richard Hamilton scored 25 and made two key baskets down the stretch to spark visiting Detroit. Chauncey Billups scored 22 for the Pistons.

KINGS 100, HAWKS 97: Mike Bibby scored 31, including a clinching jumper with 11.7 seconds remaining, as Sacramento handed Atlanta its sixth straight loss. Chris Webber made his first six shots and finished 13-of-22 from the field for 28 points. But it was Bibby who made the biggest basket, coming off a screen to hit a jumper from the top of the key to push the Kings to a 99-95 lead.

BULLS 84, JAZZ 78: Rookie Luol Deng had 22 points and seven rebounds and Eddy Curry added 21 points as Chicago handed Utah its eighth consecutive loss. Matt Harpring and Gordan Giricek both had 13 points for Utah, which hasn't won since beating the Philadelphia 76ers 103-101 on Dec. 20. Kirk Hinrich scored 12, and Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni each had 11 for Chicago, which has won eight of its last 11 games. The Bulls shot 3-of-18 from the field in the first quarter and trailed 22-12.

GRIZZLIES 84, HORNETS 76: Memphis extended its winning streak to a season-high six games with a victory over the league's worst team. Pau Gasol scored 20 and Shane Battier added 19. The Hornets dropped their 10th straight.

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