Originally created 03/13/98

Brown keys Heat to winover Cavs



MIAMI -- P.J. Brown had an eventful second quarter, scoring eight of his 12 points and getting involved in a fracas with Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the Miami Heat eased to a 97-74 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

With Miami leading 36-20 with 7:15 left in the second quarter, Brown dunked and then hit a runner in the lane before a frustrated Ilgauskas grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the floor.

Brown was restrained by Shawn Kemp and Ilgauskas was hit with a flagrant foul.

Miami went on to lead by 21 at the half, by 32 midway through the third and by 26 entering the fourth.

Mark Strickland and Alonzo Mourning scored 13 apiece to lead six Heat players in double figures. All 12 active Miami players scored.

Derek Anderson scored 16 points to pace Cleveland, which shot just 35.4 percent from the field. Kemp, who matched his season-low with six points Wednesday night against Milwaukee, shot 4-for-14 for eight points in 31 minutes.

Brevin Knight's two drives helped Cleveland jump out to an early 9-4 lead, but Miami outscored the Cavs 26-8 over the last 8:46 of the first quarter for a 30-17 lead after one.

Dan Majerle's 3-pointer gave Miami a 43-23 lead with 3:27 left in the second quarter, and Tim Hardaway's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left staked the Heat to a 53-32 lead at the half.

NOTES: Brent Barry, getting more minutes now with Keith Askins out, scored seven of his Heat-high 10 points in the waning minutes of the second quarter. Notes: Askins underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral miniscus in his left knee. Askins, who took over the starting small forward slot when Jamal Mashburn went down, will miss the next six weeks and was placed on the injury list Thursday. ... The Heat was 11-0 with Askins in the starting lineup and 36-5 over the last two years. ... The Heat waived guard Malcolm Huckaby, who had been on the injured list since Oct. 30 with tendinitis in his left ankle. Huckaby did not play in a game for Miami this season. ... Al Unser, in town for the Miami Grand Prix, attended the game and sat near Orioles superstar Cal Ripken. ...