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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MIAMI            18   36   23   29    106  
      TORONTO          27   30   23   18    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 20, DWYANE WADE 20, 
                      UDONIS HASLEM 17
                TOR - JALEN ROSE 25, RAFER ALSTON 19, MORRIS 
                      PETERSON 17

Box Score

MIAMI (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Jones 41 1-5 1-3 0-4 7 4 3 U Haslem 35 6-8 5-7 4-8 0 0 17 S O'Neal 37 9-13 2-6 2-9 4 3 20 D Jones 34 4-9 5-6 0-4 2 1 16 D Wade 36 8-17 4-5 6-9 6 3 20 R Butler 18 5-8 0-1 0-1 0 2 11 M Doleac 11 1-5 0-2 2-4 1 2 2 K Dooling 15 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 7 C Laettner 13 5-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 10 W Person DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Anderson DNP - COACH'S DECISION Wang DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-75 17-30 14-41 22 19 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.560, FT-.567. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (E Jones 0-3, D Jones 3-7, R Butler 1-3, K Dooling 1-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:6 (S O'Neal 4, U Haslem 2). Turnovers:14 (D Wade 5, E Jones 4, S O'Neal 3, K Dooling, U Haslem). Steals: 8 (D Jones 2, S O'Neal, E Jones, D Wade, U Haslem, K Dooling, M Doleac). TORONTO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 35 6-8 2-3 1-4 2 6 17 C Bosh 42 7-13 1-4 5-10 4 2 15 L Woods 23 3-7 1-2 2-11 1 3 7 J Rose 42 9-20 4-4 1-6 2 3 25 R Alston 48 7-13 2-2 2-4 9 3 19 D Marshall 25 2-10 5-6 0-2 1 3 9 L Murray 19 2-6 2-2 1-3 1 2 6 M Bonner 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Palacio DNP - PERSONAL REASONS J Moiso DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Sow DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Araujo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 17-23 12-40 20 24 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (M Peterson 3-3, L Woods 0-1, J Rose 3-6, R Alston 3-7, D Marshall 0-2, L Murray 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:16 (R Alston 8, D Marshall 3, L Murray 2, L Woods, M Bonner, C Bosh). Steals: 6 (R Alston 2, D Marshall, M Peterson, L Woods, C Bosh). -------------------------------------------- MIAMI 18 36 23 29 - 106 TORONTO 27 30 23 18 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (D Jones, 10:27 2nd; Defensive Three, 7:26 3rd). Toronto - 2 (Defensive Three, 8:53 2nd; COACH Mitchell, 10:53 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,202. T: 2:17. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Scott Foster, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

MIAMI (106) AT TORONTO (98) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E JONES F 41 1-5 1-3 0 4 4 7 4 1 4 3 U HASLEM F 35 6-8 5-7 4 4 8 0 0 1 1 17 S O'NEAL C 37 9-13 2-6 2 7 9 4 3 1 3 20 D JONES G 34 4-9 5-6 0 4 4 2 1 2 0 16 D WADE G 36 8-17 4-5 6 3 9 6 3 1 5 20 R BUTLER 18 5-8 0-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 11 M DOLEAC 11 1-5 0-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 0 2 K DOOLING 15 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 7 C LAETTNER 13 5-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 10 W PERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-75 17-30 14 27 41 22 19 8 14 106 (.560) (.567) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M PETERSON F 35 6-8 2-3 1 3 4 2 6 1 0 17 C BOSH F 42 7-13 1-4 5 5 10 4 2 1 1 15 L WOODS C 23 3-7 1-2 2 9 11 1 3 1 1 7 J ROSE G 42 9-20 4-4 1 5 6 2 3 0 0 25 R ALSTON G 48 7-13 2-2 2 2 4 9 3 2 8 19 D MARSHALL 25 2-10 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 1 3 9 L MURRAY 19 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 6 M BONNER 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 M PALACIO DNP - PERSONAL REASONS J MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ARAUJO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-77 17-23 12 28 40 20 24 6 16 98 (.468) (.739) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (8 PTS) MIAMI 18 36 23 29 - 106 TORONTO 27 30 23 18 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - S O'NEAL 4, U HASLEM 2. TORONTO - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-14 (.357), E JONES 0-3, D JONES 3-7, R BUTLER 1- 3, K DOOLING 1-1. TORONTO 9-21 (.429), M PETERSON 3-3, L WOODS 0-1, J ROSE 3-6, R ALSTON 3-7, D MARSHALL 0-2, L MURRAY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - D JONES, DEFENSIVE THREE. TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH MITCHELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, SCOTT FOSTER, TONY BROWN. A - 19,202. T - 2:17.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- With the game on the line, Shaquille O'Neal mastered the role of point center. O'Neal found Christian Laettner for easy layups on consecutive possessions late in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat rallied for a 106-98 victory over the reeling Toronto Raptors. The Heat erased an 82-77 deficit early in fourth quarter with a 9-0 spurt, then held off the Raptors in the final minutes to match a season high with their fourth straight victory. "I like to consider myself an unselfish player," said O'Neal, who contributed 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks. "When there's two guys on me, somebody's open. They were doubling me from the 4-spot, so my guys were really close to the basket and I was just trying to give them nice easy passes for the high-percentage shot." The loss extended Toronto's season-high losing streak to seven games. The Raptors led by as many as 11 points in the first half but scored 18 points in the fourth period. "We didn't get it done," said Jalen Rose, who scored 25 points. "We had the lead, we were executing. I think in the fourth quarter they understood exactly what they wanted to do with the ball." Toronto closed to 88-87 on Morris Peterson's 3-pointer with 5:58 remaining, but Damon Jones answered with a 3-pointer 18 seconds later. "We were able to execute and make plays down the stretch," said Jones, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth period. "Shaq did a great job when those guys came to double and Dwyane (Wade) breaks down guys off the dribble, which leaves me open for my three." With the Heat holding a 93-90 lead, O'Neal twice found Laettner alone underneath the basket to make it 97-90 with 2:17 remaining. Laettner scored six of his 10 points in the final period. "He's (Shaq) doing a great job for us passing the ball," Laettner said. "He's an incredible player. We're learning how to play when people pack in against him. You have to keep your hands ready, even when he's not looking at you." O'Neal also is enjoying playing with Laettner, who made 5-of-6 shots. "He's a good player, a very smart player," O'Neal said. "I like when he's out there. We have a lot of guys that came come off the bench and contribute." Wade also scored 20 points for the Heat, who improved to 11-0 this season when eclipsing the century mark. Udonis Haslem added 17 and Rasual Butler chipped in 11. "We played the game better defensively in the second half," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "we held them under 40 percent and that's what really got us going." Rafer Alston added 19 points for the Raptors, who have not won since a 94-92 victory at Miami on November 30. "Our guys are playing hard," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "They're beat up and they're tired. That's been the story of our season so far - rebounds and loose balls - and we just don't get those extra possessions."


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