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Wade's hot hand carries Heat past sliding Magic
Published February 15, 2006
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and the Miami Heat shot 58 percent Tuesday night in a 107-93 win over the Orlando Magic, who lost their fifth straight game.
Wade, who scored Miami's final 17 points Sunday in a comeback win over Detroit, again finished strong in less dramatic circumstances. He scored nine straight Heat points to give them a 101-85 lead with three minutes left.
Wade shot 13-for-20 for the Heat, who won despite 20 turnovers to seven for Orlando.
Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who hope to take advantage of a soft stretch in the schedule. Beginning with Tuesday's victory, the Heat play 22 of their next 31 games against teams with losing records.
The Magic, who never led, have lost nine of their past 10 games. They fell to 6-19 on the road.
Miami has won nine of the past 10 in the series. The teams meet again tonight in Orlando, then begin the All-Star break.
Hedo Turkoglu, Steve Francis and Keyon Dooling scored 15 points each for the Magic, and Grant Hill had 12 off the bench in 20 minutes.
PISTONS 85, NETS 71: Chauncey Billups had 19 points and 10 assists to help Detroit beat visiting New Jersey in their last game before the All-Star break. Richard Hamilton added 18 points and Ben Wallace had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons. Rasheed Wallace had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help Detroit win for the third time in four games. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Vince Carter scored 13. Jason Kidd had all 10 of his points in the first half and matched his season-low with three assists. The Pistons outscored the Nets 26-11 in the third to turn a six-point halftime lead into a rout.
BUCKS 106, SUPERSONICS 91: Michael Redd scored 19 points and Joe Smith added 18 to help Milwaukee beat visiting Seattle. Bobby Simmons had 15 points for Milwaukee, which has won six straight home games. Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and Ray Allen, who played six seasons with the Bucks, added 19 for the Sonics. It was the sixth loss in seven games for Seattle.
KINGS 105, BULLS 101: Mike Bibby scored 31 points and Ron Artest added 27 and 14 rebounds to lead visiting Sacramento to an overtime victory over Chicago. Tied at 90 after regulation, the Kings grabbed a 97-92 lead and hung on after Chicago's Kirk Hinrich converted a three-point play to cut it to 99-97 with 1:12 left. Chicago's Ben Gordon rediscovered his stroke after two rough games, scoring 30 points.
SUPERSONICS-CLIPPERS TRADE: Seattle traded Vladimir Radmanovic to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Wilcox in a swap of 6-foot-10 forwards.