OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Even after six straight wins against his
longtime mentor, Byron Scott still doesn't think he has Pat Riley
It was the sixth time in a row Scott has prevailed in a matchup
against Riley, his coach from 1983-90 while both were with the Los
Angeles Lakers. Scott's previous five wins came while he was
coaching the Nets.
"I don't know what our record is going against him. I know in
Jersey my second and third years, we had a good team," Scott said.
"But that doesn't matter. He's still a great coach."
Upon the Hornets' arrival in Oklahoma City, Scott promised to
bring "Showtime" basketball to the Ford Center. Against Riley,
his team scored a season-high in points, including 16 on fast
Scott said it's always special to see Riley, who guided the
"Showtime" Lakers to four NBA championships in the 1980s and took
over the Heat after Stan Van Gundy resigned last month.
Scott said he saw Riley when the teams met Nov. 15 in Miami but
hadn't really talked to Riley since a 20-year reunion of the
Lakers' 1985 NBA championship team last year.
The win made this reunion even better.
"It always feels good, but it feels good just to see him back
out there," Scott said. "I'm just glad to see him back on the
The Heat, who trailed 72-50 after Chris Paul set up Mason for a
two-handed alley-oop jam with 7:58 to play in the third quarter,
pulled within 11 with a string of nine straight points that
extended into the fourth quarter.
Rasual Butler, who spent the last three seasons with Miami,
responded by hitting a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-2 spurt to
get the Hornets' lead to 93-74 and the Heat were never again closer
Wade, who had a triple-double on Dec. 30, 2004 against Detroit,
had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first Heat
player to accomplish the feat twice. Shaquille O'Neal also scored
19 and Jason Williams added 15 points on five 3-pointers.
"I just wish I could have done more to help my team out," Wade
With O'Neal and Wade playing for the only time in Oklahoma City
this season, an overflow crowd of 19,326 set a new attendance
record for any basketball game at the Ford Center. To appease
college football fans in the audience, clips of the Rose Bowl were
shown on the scoreboard occasionally and periodic score updates
were given over the loud speaker.
Wade nearly had a dubious quadruple-double, finishing with eight
turnovers. Seven came in the first half as the Hornets built a
"For the most part, I thought he saw a Hornet and a half or two
every time he had the ball, and that was the key," Scott said.
"We talked about playing five against two tonight, starting with
Shaq and Dwyane Wade.
"We did a real good job of making those guys give the ball up
and then closing out the other guys."
With O'Neal on the bench, the Hornets opened the second quarter
with a tiebreaking 9-0 run. Snyder hit a 3-pointer, Chris Andersen
made two free throws and Butler and Claxton added back-to-back
baskets for New Orleans.
O'Neal re-entered after a timeout, but two free throws from P.J.
Brown and another Snyder 3-pointer extended New Orleans' lead to
46-32 before Riley called another timeout.
The Heat scored the next six points to get within eight on
O'Neal's alley-oop dunk from Wade, but the Hornets pushed their
lead to 53-38 after a West layup and five straight points from
Butler hit a jumper to cap the Hornets' highest-scoring half of
the season to make it 64-45 at halftime.
Smith, benched because of a lack of effort in practice,
played only the final 32 seconds, as Scott got all of his reserves
into the game. ... West hit only his second 3-pointer of the
season. His other came in a 105-99 win against Seattle on Nov. 26
that was previously the Hornets' highest-scoring game of the