SEATTLE (AP) -- Dwyane Wade waited more than a year to get his
second triple-double. No. 3 took nine days.
Wade had his second triple-double in two weeks, finishing with
15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists in the Miami
Heat's 117-104 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday
"I think he's the true definition of a great player and you
guys should recognize that," Shaquille O'Neal said. "I think the
recognition of a great player has been lost the last 10, 15
Wade's shooting against the Sonics wasn't great, but every other
aspect of his game was. He consistently found open shooters on the
perimeter, and lofted a pair of ally-oop dunks to O'Neal.
Wade shot just 4-of-14, but pulled down two rebounds with about
4 minutes left to cap his night. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds and
10 assists on Jan. 4 against the Hornets.
"I didn't have to look for my shot today, so I was able to do
some other things," Wade said. "Coach put the ball in my hands
tonight to make things happen and see what I could do."
After dropping the first two games of their season-high,
seven-game road trip, the Heat have won the last three, this time
with an impressive offensive performance against the league's worst
O'Neal finished with 16 points, including four dunks, and was
6-for-7 on free throws. James Posey tied a season high with 19
points -- on his 29th birthday -- and Jason Williams also had 19.
Antoine Walker and Alonzo Mourning added 15 and 12, respectively,
off the bench. Mourning had five blocks.
"I saw in shootaround how Posey was shooting the ball, how
Antoine was shooting the ball and you want to get them guys
opportunities," Wade said.
By the end of the third quarter, some Sonics' fans started
looking ahead to Saturday, briefly chanting "Let's Go Seahawks!"
"You can't make mistakes against a team like that," Lewis
said. "We scored enough points to win the game ... but we can't
give up that many points."
Seattle showed early signs of putting up a significant fight in
its first game without leading scorer Ray Allen.
The All-Star was suspended for three games on Friday after
getting into a fight with Orlando's Keyon Dooling. The two wrestled
into the first row on Wednesday night, each trying to land punches.
Allen will also miss Saturday's game at the Clippers and
Monday's game at Golden State.
Without Allen, Seattle started perfectly. The Sonics made their
first 11 shots, capped by Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer to put
Seattle up 26-14 less than 6 minutes in.
But Seattle made just 10 of its next 33 shots to close the half.
Meanwhile, Miami continually scored at ease against the Sonics'
"After a real slow start, we played very well offensively,"
Heat coach Pat Riley said. "When your best player goes 4-for-14
and you still win, then you've got to feel good about it."
Nine Heat players scored in the first half, five in double
figures. The 71 points were a season high for any half, topping the
67 in the second half of their 128-113 win over Washington on Dec.
30. Miami scored 39 in the second quarter, matching the franchise
record for that quarter.
Down 41-36 early in the second quarter, the Heat went on a 21-6
run to take control. Gary Payton's jumper gave Miami its first lead
at 42-41 and it never trailed again.
The 71 points in the first half tied the most allowed by Seattle
this season. Washington scored 71 against the Sonics on Nov. 11.
"I don't know what point it was, but we decided not to defend
any more," Seattle's Damien Wilkins said. "At some point we have
to decide if we want to come together and do something, instead of
being the laughing stock of Western Conference."
Miami built the lead to 19 early in the third quarter, but
Seattle twice crawled within nine points at 84-75 and 95-86. Both
times, the Sonics missed shots with a chance to pull closer.
Seattle F Reggie Evans missed his second straight game
after attending a funeral. Evans was expected back for Friday's
game, but coach Bob Hill said he had not heard from him. General
manger Rick Sund was hopeful Evans would be with the team Saturday
in Los Angeles. ... Payton made his fourth trip back to Seattle
since he was traded by the Sonics for Allen in 2003. He received a
standing ovation. ... Former Sonics Fred Brown and Sam Perkins, and
former Seattle Seahawks DE Jacob Green were in attendance.
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