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Heat tops Pacers in a heated game

Associated Press
Published March 28, 2006


MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade survived a tough offensive night to score 22, and the Heat rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 96-91 Monday night.

The Heat prevailed for only the second time in the teams' last 16 regular-season meetings, doing so even after getting hit with five technical fouls and losing starting forward Udonis Haslem to an ejection in the second quarter after scuffling with Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal.

NETS 110, SUNS 72: Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and host New Jersey won its ninth straight game, holding Phoenix to its lowest point total of the season.

JAZZ 104, HORNETS 80: Deron Williams had 20 points and five assists to help host Utah end a two-game losing streak and pass the slumping Hornets in the West standings.

KINGS: Forward Bonzi Wells was fined $5,000 for punching a ball into the locker room tunnel after disputing a call and being ejected during Sunday's loss to Golden State.

MAGIC: Orlando extended the contracts of second-year standouts Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson through the 2007-08 season. The Magic will miss the playoffs for the third straight year, but the team is building around the two. Terms were not disclosed.

BRAWLER CONVICTED: The man accused of sparking the brawl between players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004 was convicted of assault for punching Ron Artest.

John Green, 41, was acquitted, however, of throwing a cup at Artest - who was playing for the Pacers at the time - before the forward charged into the stands and began fighting with Pistons fans.