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NBA ROUNDUP Wade leads Heat past Rockets



Published: Mon, January 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Shaq had only 15 points and five rebounds.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI -- With Dwyane Wade around, the Miami Heat can afford the occasional off-game from Shaquille O'Neal.

Wade had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading a balanced attack that carried the Heat to a 104-95 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

O'Neal took only 11 shots and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Udonis Haslem hit his first seven shots from the floor and finished with 16 for Miami, as did Damon Jones. Eddie Jones added 11.

Tracy McGrady had 28 points for Houston, which lost for the first time in its last four road games. Yao Ming had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Rockets, and Bob Sura added 21 -- 15 of those coming in the game's first 13 minutes.

Miami improved to 33-13, moving 20 games over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 1999-2000 season -- and giving coach Stan Van Gundy a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against his brother, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.

Yao's layup with 1:05 remaining drew Houston within 97-90. But on Miami's next trip, Haslem found an open O'Neal under the basket for a three-point play that sealed the Heat's third straight victory.

Kings 94, Timberwolves 84

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Miller had 27 points, 15 rebounds and plenty of help picking up the slack for two injured stars, sparking the Sacramento Kings over the sluggish Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Sacramento backcourt, Cuttino Mobley (23 points) and Mike Bibby (21 points), combined for 34 points over the final two quarters after a slow first half.

All-Star forwards Peja Stojakovic (back spasms) and Chris Webber (sore left knee) didn't dress for the Kings.

Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Minnesota, which had its five-game winning streak end raggedly.

Suns 123, Raptors 105

TORONTO -- Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter and the Phoenix Suns won their fifth straight.

Phoenix outscored Toronto 46-26 in the third quarter, the most points the Raptors have allowed in any quarter in their 10-year history.

Shawn Marion added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, who went 4-0 on their four-game road trip.

Steve Nash had 19 points and 12 assists as all five Phoenix starters scored at least 17 points. Nash, playing in his home country, didn't play in the fourth.




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