Originally created 04/12/06

O'Neal rumbles to triple-double

MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal had his second career triple-double and Antoine Walker scored a season-high 32 points as the Miami Heat overcame Dwyane Wade's absence to beat Toronto 106-97 on Tuesday night and send the Raptors to their ninth consecutive loss.

O'Neal finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, doing so in only 28 minutes because of foul trouble. And Walker, who was shooting only 30 percent and averaging eight points per game in April, connected on 13 of 26 shots, plus added eight rebounds and five assists.

Toronto was within three points late in the third quarter before the Heat pulled away, with Walker's 3-pointer with 5:16 remaining.

JEFFERSON FINED: New Jersey forward Richard Jefferson was fined $5,000 by the NBA for kicking a ball into the stands.

The incident happened Sunday during the second quarter of the Nets' 95-83 win in Milwaukee.

PLAYOFF ROSTERS EXPANDED: Postseason rosters will expand to 13 this season, with teams deactivating one player before each game.

This will be the first time teams will be allowed to make changes during the playoffs. In the past, they had to stick with the same 12-man roster throughout the postseason.

ADIDAS SIGNS ON: Adidas signed an 11-year deal with the NBA, making the German athletic shoe company the official uniform and apparel provider for the league.


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