Originally created 02/16/99

Miami tops New Jersey



MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning had 34 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks Monday night as the Miami Heat beat New Jersey 95-72, handing the Nets their third straight loss.

P.J. Brown chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which has won 12 of its last 14 games against New Jersey.

Keith Van Horn paced the Nets with 19 points, while Kerry Kittles, playing in his second game of the season, shot 1-for-13 for five points.

Tim Hardaway drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 9-0 run at the start of the second half, staking Miami to a 56-41 lead.

Mourning had six blocks in the quarter, as the Heat held New Jersey to 4-of-22 shooting and 14 points in the quarter. Miami led 69-55 after three.

Mourning, who was 12-of-18 from the field and 10-of-18 from the foul line, dunked and hit a free throw to give Miami a 75-57 lead early in the fourth.

New Jersey got within 16 after Kendall Gill's fast-break jam, but couldn't draw any closer.

Jayson Williams' dunk and Scott Burrell's 19-footer gave the Nets a 32-26 lead early in the second quarter. Miami then reeled off a 20-6 burst capped off by Rex Walters' 3-pointer to take a 47-41 halftime lead.

Mourning, playing mostly against former Heat centers Chris Gatling and Rony Seikaly, had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds at halftime.

[bf]Notes:[nf] Seikaly made his first appearance of the season for the Nets in the first quarter. Seikaly missed the first four games with a sprained left ankle. ... Also returning from the Nets' injured list was another former Heat player, Eric Murdock, who missed the last three games with a strained groin. ... Hardaway left the court with 8:19 left in the second quarter after being poked in the right eye by Damon Jones. Hardaway sustained a small cut under the eye and returned to start the second half. ... Blue Edwards, who was signed Sunday, made his first appearance for the Heat and hit a 35-foot, 3-pointer at the buzzer. ... Dan Majerle, mired in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career, was 0-for-5 and has made only 11 of 36 shots this season.