MIAMI, March 12 (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones
' big third quarter helped keep
alive a couple of impressive streaks for the Miami Heat.
Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the decisive third period as
the Heat pulled away from the New Jersey Nets, 90-65, to extend
their winning streak at AmericanAirlines Arena to 12 games and
their overall tear to eight.
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"It's fun," Jones said. "It just feels like you can do
It was the fewest points allowed this season by the Heat, who
held the Nets to 29.7 shooting (22-of-74), also a season best.
"They had a miserable day, but at least part of it was us,"
Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds and Damon Jones
added 15 points for Miami, which limited New Jersey to
just 26 second-half points on 17 percent shooting (6-of-35).
Miami trailed, 48-47, after Vince Carter
sank a free throw with
7:28 left in the third quarter. The Heat countered with an 11-0
run, which O'Neal capped with a dunk for a 58-48 lead with 4:12
remaining in the period.
"With 2:59 left in the third quarter it was an eight-point game,
eight becomes 15 at the end of the third, and so on and so
forth," Nets coach Lawrence Frank
said. "We had some defensive
slippage but obviously had a hard time making a shot."
The Heat stretched their lead to 70-55 entering the fourth
quarter on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Eddie Jones
the advantage to as many as 30 points down the stretch.
"It felt great," Eddie Jones said. "Before that, I shot an
airball, and I just wanted to get Damon Jones off my back."
Eddie Jones did most of his damage with All-Star guard Dwyane Wade
on the bench with foul trouble. Wade finished with 13
"It was just attacking and being aggressive," Eddie Jones said.
"Once Dwyane came out of the game, I was just trying to be
more aggressive and be more assertive to make plays for myself
and the other guys. When the game comes to you like that, you
take the shots when they are there."
Miami, which is 15-3 since Feb. 1, scored 23 of the final 30
points in the third quarter. Conversely, New Jersey missed 14
of its last 15 shots in the period.
Carter scored 20 points to pace the Nets, who made just 1-of-11
"We didn't make shots," said Carter, who was 5-of-14. "It's
simple. ... We were in good position with Dwyane Wade in foul
trouble. All we had to do was contain Shaq, and try to prevent
the other guys from stepping up."
New Jersey notched its fewest baskets since making only 21 at
Miami on Jan. 23, 2004. The Nets were only three points off
the franchise-low mark set against Cleveland on Jan. 28,
"We were stuck on 60 points for a while," Nets guard Jason Kidd
said. "I'm just glad we got past 60. ... I guess we were cold."