EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 28 (Ticker) --Instead of racing past the New Jersey Nets, the Miami Heat were forced to outlast them.

Udonis Haslem and Alonzo Mourning made crucial hustle plays in the second overtime as the Heat scrambled and scraped for a 108-105 victory over the Nets and a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 points and Dwyane Wade added 22, 10 rebounds and eight assists for top-seeded Miami, which relied on role players rather than superstars for its first road playoff win in five years.

"We continue to destroy the notion that we're a two-man team," Mourning said.

Five straight points by O'Neal gave the Heat a 99-97 lead late in the first overtime. After going more than three minutes without a basket, the Nets tied it as a baseline jumper by Vince Carter rattled out, off the backboard and back in at the buzzer.

"I had missed a three-pointer earlier and I wanted another opportunity," said Carter, who made 15-of-37 shots. "I got lucky. We were fortunate, it gave us a new life."

The game was still tied, 102-102, when Haslem put home a missed drive by Wade with 1:28 to play. Haslem had 14 points and 19 rebounds.

After Richard Jefferson missed a potential tying layup, Haslem was fouled with 20 seconds left. He made the first and missed the second, but Mourning - a former Net who was booed throughout the game - ran down the rebound and called timeout.

"I was yelling timeout and someone else was yelling timeout and fortunately, the referee heard it and we got the ball," Mourning said. "Someone had my arm, someone had my neck, but I wanted it. That's winning time."

After getting the call, Mourning jumped to his feet and leaped in the air, pumping his fist and drawing more boos from the sellout crowd.

"All that does is add fuel to the fire," Mourning said of the hostile crowd. "That makes me play harder. That's the worst thing to do to me."

"He wanted this game bad and you saw his emotion after that rebound," Wade said. "That's just Zo."

Wade sank three free throws around another hustle play by Haslem, who wrestled the ball away from Cliff Robinson.

"Guys are just playing unselfish and doing the small things and that's what it takes," said O'Neal, who is still bothered by bruised thigh. "I'm trying to get over some ailments that I have. I'm getting better, but we're doing a good job of playing team ball."

Carter had 36 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Jason Kidd registered his eighth career playoff triple-double with 16, 13 and a career playoff-high 16 boards for the Nets, who again relied heavily on their perimeter play but appeared to fade down the stretch.

"It's tough," Carter said. "You play against the best team in the East and you take them to double overtime and you have them on the ropes, you want to take advantage. It just didn't happen."

Richard Jefferson had his best game of the series with 23 points off the bench, including a number of dunks that seemed to rejuvenate the Nets for short periods.

But New Jersey made only one basket in the final 3 1/2 minutes of regulation, one in the last three minutes of the first OT and one in the last four minutes of the second OT.

"We came up a little short and we had every opportunity to win this game," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We're down 3-0, the series is not over. We need to find a way to regroup."

The Nets were just 1-of-9 in the second overtime before Carter ended a scoring drought of nearly four minutes with a 3-pointer in the final seconds. It was New Jersey's first basket since Carter buried a hook shot with 4:16 left.

Eddie Jones scored 20 points, Keyon Dooling 13 and Damon Jones 12 for the Heat, who had six players in double figures before the end of the third quarter.

Miami can complete the first four-game sweep in franchise history with a win Sunday in Game Four. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

Both teams struggled at the line, where Miami was just 22-of-38 and New Jersey 18-of-27. But the Heat buried 10-of-22 3-pointers while the Nets were 3-of-23, continually launching from the arc despite their struggles.

"We just have to knock down open shots when we get them," Carter said.

New Jersey squandered an early 10-point lead and was forced to rally in the second half, bridging the final two quarters with a 13-2 run to take a 77-76 edge with 9:34 left in regulation.

Carter buried a three-pointer for a 90-86 edge with 1:48 left. But O'Neal made 1-of-2 free throws 14 seconds later and Eddie Jones buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 60 seconds to go.

The Nets missed their next five shots of regulation, including a wide-open three-pointer by Kidd as time expired.

Miami also had chances to put away the game earlier, but Eddie Jones missed two free throws with 11 seconds left in the first overtime. Carter sent the game into another extra period with his suspenseful fadeaway jumper from the right baseline that keep the Nets alive.

"I thought once it hit every piece of the rim and fell in, we had another opportunity," Kidd said. "Anytime you have an opportunity like that against a team like Miami you have to take advantage of it."

"I was upset about that," Jones said. "I'm an 80 percent shooter and to go up there and clank two, it's tough. But we withstood it."

Carter and O'Neal traded baskets to open the second overtime, but Miami scored seven of the next eight points to seal the win as New Jersey missed eight straight shots.