Originally created 04/25/06

Miami heats up at right time

MIAMI - Same old story: With the Miami Heat in trouble, Dwyane Wade saved the day.

Wade hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 1:04 left to halt a Chicago rally, and he blocked Ben Gordon's layup with 26 seconds left to ensure that Miami would beat the Bulls, 115-108 on Monday, and take a 2-0 lead in the teams' best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Jason Williams and Shaquille O'Neal each had 22 points for Miami, which saw what was a 20-point third-quarter lead cut to four with 1:15 remaining. But Wade added 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Heat, who tied a franchise playoff record with six players in double figures.

Antoine Walker - who filled in for the suspended Udonis Haslem - added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who also got 12 points from James Posey and 11 from Gary Payton.

Andres Nocioni led all scorers with 30 points - on 13-for-15 shooting - for Chicago. Kirk Hinrich had 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who will play host to Game 3 on Thursday night.

The Bulls allowed 111 points or more four times in the regular season. The Heat now have done it twice in this series.

ARTEST SUSPENDED: The NBA suspended Sacramento's Ron Artest on for Game 2 of the Kings' first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.

Stu Jackson, the league's top disciplinarian, said Artest's elbow to Manu Ginobili's head in the series opener was egregious enough to warrant another suspension for the man who missed 73 games and the playoffs last season after one of the most infamous brawls in sports history.

Artest was at the AT&T Center for practice Monday, but he won't be in uniform tonight when the Kings play Game 2 against the defending league champions.

J.Pat Carter/associated press

Miami's Shaquille O'Neal goes up for a second-quarter shot against Chicago's Malik Allen.


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