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NBA VANCOUVER 91 MIAMI 94 FINAL


VANCOUVER (91) AT MIAMI (94)

VANCOUVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ABDUR-RAHIM F 34 6-18 9-9 1 5 6 2 4 0 2 21 SMITH F 25 2-3 0-2 0 3 3 2 0 1 1 4 REEVES C 39 9-16 2-2 4 5 9 2 4 2 0 20 MACK G 28 6-12 2-2 2 1 3 2 1 2 2 17 MAYBERRY G 29 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 HURLEY 19 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 5 2 1 1 3 LYNCH 23 4-7 4-4 4 4 8 3 1 0 0 12 CHILCUTT 11 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 4 MASSENBURG 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 B EDWARDS 24 3-6 0-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 3 6 DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION NEWBILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 18-23 13 25 38 20 24 9 11 91 (.473) (.783) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MAJERLE F 40 3-10 1-2 5 3 8 2 3 0 3 10 BROWN F 38 3-11 1-2 6 6 12 2 3 1 0 7 MOURNING C 36 9-13 8-13 3 4 7 4 5 0 2 26 LENARD G 24 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 8 HARDAWAY G 39 9-23 2-2 1 0 1 11 1 0 3 23 BARRY 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 MILLS 15 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 3 MURDOCK 11 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 STRICKLAND 20 5-7 0-1 0 5 5 0 4 1 0 10 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 12-20 17 20 37 27 23 3 11 94 (.456) (.600) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 23 21 21 - 91 MIAMI 24 27 25 18 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM, SMITH, REEVES, LYNCH. MIAMI - STRICKLAND 3, MOURNING 2, CAUSWELL 2, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 3-10 (.300), MACK 3-6, MAYBERRY 0-2, HURLEY 0-1, B EDWARDS 0-1. MIAMI 10-21 (.476), MAJERLE 3-6, LENARD 2-5, HARDAWAY 3-8, MILLS 1-1, MURDOCK 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED MIDDLETON, HUGH EVANS, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,653. T - 2:21.


VANCOUVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 34 6-18 9-9 1-6 2 4 21 Smith 25 2-3 0-2 0-3 2 0 4 Reeves 39 9-16 2-2 4-9 2 4 20 Mack 28 6-12 2-2 2-3 2 1 17 Mayberry 29 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Hurley 19 1-3 1-2 0-0 5 2 3 Lynch 23 4-7 4-4 4-8 3 1 12 Chilcutt 11 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Massenburg 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 B Edwards 24 3-6 0-2 2-5 1 4 6 Daniels DNP - coach's decision Newbill DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 18-23 13-38 20 24 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mack 3-6, Mayberry 0-2, Hurley 0-1, B Edwards 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdur-rahim, Smith, Reeves, Lynch). Turnovers: 13 (B Edwards 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Mack 2, Mayberry 2, Hurley, Smith). Steals: 9 (Mack 2, Reeves 2, Chilcutt, Hurley, Massenburg, Mayberry, Smith).

MIAMI (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 40 3-10 1-2 5-8 2 3 10 Brown 38 3-11 1-2 6-12 2 3 7 Mourning 36 9-13 8-13 3-7 4 5 26 Lenard 24 3-9 0-0 0-1 4 2 8 Hardaway 39 9-23 2-2 1-1 11 1 23 Barry 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Causwell 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Mills 15 1-2 0-0 2-3 3 3 3 Murdock 11 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 5 Strickland 20 5-7 0-1 0-5 0 4 10 Conlon DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 12-20 17-37 27 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Majerle 3-6, Lenard 2-5, Hardaway 3-8, Mills 1-1, Murdock 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Strickland 3, Mourning 2, Causwell 2, Brown). Turnovers: 11 (Hardaway 3, Majerle 3, Mourning 2, Lenard, Mills, Murdock). Steals: 3 (Brown, Causwell, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 23 21 21 - 91 Miami 24 27 25 18 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,653. T: 2:21. Officials: Ed Middleton, Hugh Evans, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Dan Majerle buried the go-ahead three-pointer with 70 seconds to play as the Miami Heat held on for a 94-91 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies, who suffered their 11th straight road loss.

Alonzo Mourning scored 26 points and drained a jumper to give Miami its largest lead, 87-78, with 6:46 remaining. Vancouver responded with a 13-3 run, capped by seven straight points from Shareef Abdur-Rahim. His three-point play put the Grizzlies in front, 91-90, with 1:38 to go.

The Heat rebounded four missed shots on the ensuing possession before Majerle took a pass on the right wing for the pivotal three-pointer. Vancouver's Blue Edwards threw away a pass with 32 seconds left and, after Majerle hit a free throw, missed the potential tying three-pointer with three seconds to play.

"The big thing was our inability to rebound on that possession where Majerle hit the three," Grizzlies coach Brian Hill said. "If we would have rebounded any of those misses, I think we would have had a win."

Tim Hardaway collected 23 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who rebounded from Monday's 103-90 home loss to Detroit to beat Vancouver for the fifth time in six meetings.

Following that loss to Detroit, Heat coach Pat Riley had posed a challenge to his two All-Stars, Mourning and Hardaway, to step up their play.

"I get challenged all the time as a coach. Players should challenge themselves, I shouldn't have to do it for them. We have not mastered anything in this game yet," Riley explained. "Tonight their effort, willingness and attitude was a lot better. We also played against a team that played well."

"It's a relief to get a win, but we made it tough on ourselves," said Mourning, who had seven rebounds. "We're letting our guard down at home."

Abdur-Rahim scored 21 points and Bryant Reeves added 20 for the Grizzlies, who have dropped 20 of 22 games overall and fell to 3-29 on the road. Their last win away from home came on January 23rd at Golden State.

"It was our game to take. When Dan Majerle hit that three, we still had a chance," Abdur-Rahim said. "We had two or three loose balls get away. We have to learn how to close games out. It hurts to play hard like that, put yourself in a position to win, and then lose."

Vancouver has lost five straight games and 13 of 14, but held its opponent under 95 points for the first time in 23 games.

Miami (46-21) has won 15 of its last 18 games overall and is just percentage points behind the Indiana Pacers (45-20) for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat and the Pacers both trail the Chicago Bulls by 3 1/2 games for the top spot in the East.

The last of the game's 14 ties came at 67-67 late in the third period. Miami's Terry Mills broke the deadlock with a three-pointer, sparking a 9-2 spurt. Mark Strickland scored the Heat's next six points and his alley-oop dunk off a feed from Hardaway built the lead to 76-69 with 29 seconds left in the period.

Bobby Hurley closed the quarter with a free throw, trimming the deficit to six heading into the final period. Miami continued to stay in control, and Hardaway hit a basket for a 90-84 lead with 3:49 to play before Abdur-Rahim reeled off seven straight points.

"They were hustling and taking good shots, but we got through it and got the 'W'," Hardaway said. "We respected their game just enough to get the 'W.'"

Majerle and Strickland chipped in 10 points apiece and P.J. Brown pulled down 12 rebounds for Miami, which made 10-of-21 three-pointers but hit just 12-of-20 foul shots. The Heat were outscored in the paint, 48-34, and were outrebounded, 38-37.

"We have to do a better job defensively," said Majerle, who grabbed eight boards. "They scored too many points too easily. We have a lot of improvement to make."

The first half was tight throughout. Sam Mack scored 12 of his 17 points in the opening period to help Vancouver grab a 26-24 lead, but Hardaway had nine in the second quarter as the Heat took a 51-49 edge at halftime.

Vancouver, which shot 47 percent (35-of-74) from the field, has suffered each of its last seven losses by nine points or less. George Lynch contributed 12 points and eight rebounds and Reeves had nine boards while hitting 9-of-15 shots.

"I think that in the last few games, we've played tough. We've got to get over the hump and we have to make plays down the stretch," Reeves said. "Until we do that, and make a couple of plays down the stretch, we're going to have nights like this. I think it's beginning to play on our minds."

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