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Wade hot in first as Heat victorious again
Published March 15, 2006
MIAMI - By the time most of the always-late-arriving Miami fans found their seats, the outcome was decided.
Dwyane Wade and his Heat teammates saw to that.
With an array of alley-oop dunks, acrobatic layups and positively stingy defense, the Heat built a 27-point lead after one quarter and easily beat the Jazz 121-83 on Tuesday for its 12th win in 13 games.
The 38-point margin represented the fourth-biggest win in Miami franchise history, the Heat's biggest win of the season, and Utah's biggest loss.
"We just got annihilated," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.
Wade had 19 points in the first quarter and finished with 25 - one fewer than the total that the Jazz starters combined to score all night. Alonzo Mourning added a season-high 19 points for the Heat, which got 16 from James Posey, 13 from Shaquille O'Neal, 12 from Gary Payton and 10 more out of Jason Williams.
"We needed it to start the game to know for one, we've got it in us," said Wade, whose first-quarter total represented the biggest one-period burst of his career. "And for two, it was something we needed to do. We worked very hard yesterday on getting the focus to come out early, start out strong and we did it."
After eight minutes, the Heat had more alley-oop dunks (four) than the Jazz had baskets of any variety (three).
Jason Williams had assists on three of those slams, including a play where he made a steal, drove downcourt, waited for Wade to reach the hoop and tossed him a perfect pass - prompting Sloan to begin motioning for a timeout even before Wade's catch and two-handed dunk.
The quarter hadn't even ended before the sellout crowd - most of whom were long gone by game's end - began serenading Wade with the "M-V-P" chant. He had a steal and three-point play for a 31-8 lead with 2:44 left, then made a sensational play a couple minutes later to stretch the margin to 38-12.
WIZARDS 119, BOBCATS 114: Washington opened several double-digit leads, only to allow host Charlotte to chip away and pull into contention. It happened for the final time with 2:05 to play when Jumaine Jones scored to cut the Wizards' lead to 110-108. But Gilbert Arenas scored on a driving layup on the next possession and was fouled by Jones. Arenas made the free throw to push it to 113-108.
Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor will miss the rest of the season because of an ankle injury that has cost him 36 games.
Okafor, the reigning rookie of the year, sprained his right ankle twice and Charlotte doctors recently discovered the injury had led to severe tendinitis around the joint. He was placed in a soft cast he'll wear for at least a month.
SUNS 129, SUPERSONICS 120: Tim Thomas shot 10-for-11 and scored 23 off the bench, Shawn Marion scored 24 with 11 rebounds, and visiting Phoenix shot 56 percent, winning for the 13th time in the last 15.
MAVERICKS 91, CAVALIERS 87: Injury-depleted Dallas erased a 19-point third-quarter deficit by holding visiting Cleveland to only eight points - the fewest it has ever allowed in any quarter - to give coach Avery Johnson his record 66th victory over his first 82 games.
SPURS 96, HORNETS 81: Led by Tony Parker's 20 points and 11 assists, host San Antonio maintained a share of the lead in the Southwest Division and the top record in the Western Conference with Dallas.
RAPTORS 111, 76ERS 97: Playing without the injured Allen Iverson, the NBA's second-leading scorer, host Philadelphia fell 31/2 games behind Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey and lost for the fourth time in five games.
GRIZZLIES 93, CELTICS 76: Jake Tsakalidis scored a season-high 19 and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for host Memphis, which led by as many as 22 in the second half.
BULLS 95, BLAZERS 66: Portland forward Zach Randolph scored 25 but no other Trail Blazer reached double digits as host Chicago never trailed, leading by as many as 36.
KINGS 114, LAKERS 98: Mike Bibby had 29 points and seven assists for host Sacramento which has won 14 of 18 to move past the Lakers into seventh in the Western Conference.