WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal
picked up the slack
when Dwyane Wade
was injured Monday night. Two nights later,
Wade returned the favor.
Wade scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and added
nine assists as the Miami Heat completed a season sweep of the
Washington Wizards with their sixth straight win, a 98-93
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"We made plays in the end," Wade said. "We need to play with
fierceness knowing that this is a team that can hit shots and
put you away. It's very big to sweep them this early because
this is a team that's only going to get better throughout the
Wade sprained his ankle Monday against the Wizards, and O'Neal
responded with a season-high 40 points. In this one, the
superstar center played most of the fourth quarter in foul
"We know when he leaves the game, we have to step up and make
plays," Wade said of O'Neal, who fouled out with one minute
left. "We had confidence when he went out that we were going to
get the win."
Moments later, Wade penetrated into the lane, then dished back
to Damon Jones
, who hit his fifth 3-pointer to give Miami a
95-93 lead with 21 seconds left.
"Dwyane Wade, as usual, did a good job of making plays," Jones
said. "Because of it, I was able to get a rhythm and able to
make shots. I had to get pumped up because in the first half, I
was kind of lackadaisical. I had some open shots I didn't make
and I was very frustrated."
, who led the Wizards with 26 points, had his
potential tying 18-footer blocked by former Wizard Christian
Laettner with 12 seconds remaining.
"We just didn't get it done," Jamison said. "I take a lot of the
responsibility offensively. I took some bad shots and some
shots didn't go in, but that's part of the game. We got the
ball in the right people's hands, but we weren't able to
O'Neal had 13 points and 12 rebounds but missed 7-of-8 free
"This is the first time in my career when I go out of the game,
or even foul out, that I'm not worried," O'Neal said. "Because
I know I've got Mike Doleac
and Christian Laettner
scored 22 points and Larry Hughes
added 19 for
the Wizards, who outrebounded the Heat, 55-45, but made just
"Saying that this one was a tough one to lose is an
understatement," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "It was one
of those nights where you seem like you're not getting the
break, whether it's a loose ball or a call. You're going to
have nights like that in the NBA."
Wade said the Wizards have nothing to hang their heads about.
"They stack up pretty good against the East because they have
three guys who can really fill it up," Wade said. "That's what
we're trying to get every night, a consistent three guys. This
is a team that not only can score but they're very scrappy."