Heat 99, Wizards 86


WASHINGTON (AP) – Shaquille O’Neal had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Derek Anderson compensated for Dwyane Wade’s foul trouble with five 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 99-86 Saturday night for their 16th consecutive victory over their Southeast Division rivals.

The Heat trailed by 12 in the first quarter, but from then on there was no stopping O’Neal and Anderson, who were a lethal inside-outside combination in place of the usual O’Neal-Wade. O’Neal went 13-for-16 from the field, and Anderson had 20 points, four assists and two steals in his best game since he was acquired in a trade with Houston in February.

Gary Payton added 13 points, and Udonis Haslem had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, whose domination of the Wizards includes 12 straight regular-season games and a four-game sweep in the second round of last year’s playoffs.

Wade scored 11 points in only 21 foul-plagued minutes, but he did enough to set a Miami franchise record with 76 consecutive games scoring in double digits.

Two players battling injuries – Gilbert Arenas and Antonio Daniels – were the only Wizards in double figures. Arenas scored 30 points, and Daniels had a season-high 25. They accounted for 48 of their team’s 63 points through three quarters.

Arenas played despite a lower back sprain which caused him to miss part of Friday’s loss at Atlanta. Daniels was a game-time decision after missing Friday’s game with a sprained left wrist.

Antawn Jamison went 4-for-18 from the field and finished with eight points. Caron Butler (sprained right thumb) and Etan Thomas (lower back pain) did not play, and the Wizards didn’t get a single point from their bench until Calvin Booth hit a pair of baskets early in the fourth quarter.

Washington, trying to hold on to the fifth seed in the playoffs, had its lead over sixth-place Milwaukee cut to two games.

In the first quarter, it appeared the Wizards had found the karma needed to emphatically put away their nemesis. Wade got in early foul trouble, the Heat committed seven turnovers, Arenas tossed in a hopeful 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer, and Daniels hopped several times on one leg to keep his balance after making a 3 that gave Washington a 29-17 lead.

But the second quarter was all Heat, led by Anderson. The Wizards started 1-for-11, while Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers, stole an inbounds pass and had two assists in a 22-9 run that gave Miami a 49-38 lead. Arenas rallied the Wizards again with a pair of 3-pointers, helping to cut the deficit to 56-51 at the half.

The Wizards opened the second half with back-to-back turnovers. Payton helped push the lead toward double figures with a layup and a runner, and Anderson stole an outlet pass and fed O’Neal for a dunk as part of an 8-2 run that gave the Heat a 71-59 lead. Washington didn’t get within single digits again.

After shooting 11-for-21 in the first quarter, the Wizards went 10-for-33 in the second and third quarters combined. Anderson hit another 3-pointer to get the lead to 15 early in the fourth, and O’Neal’s powerful dunk made it 91-74 with nearly 6 minutes to play.

Notes: Wade’s double-digit streak started late last season, on April 15 against Philadelphia. Alonzo Mourning held the old Heat record. … Butler missed his second straight game and is day-to-day, but coach Eddie Jordan said Thomas has felt discomfort for at least a week and could miss another week. Thomas left in the first half of Friday night’s game against Atlanta and did not return. … Both teams wore throwback jerseys, with the Wizards dressed as the Baltimore Bullets and the Heat as the Miami Floridians. The Wizards are 1-6 this season in their throwbacks. … Barring a late slump, Arenas will finish with the second highest single-season scoring average in Wizards franchise history. He was averaging 29.1 before Saturday’s game, behind only the mark of 31.6 set by Walt Bellamy for the 1961-62 Chicago Packers.