HEAT CUT DOWN NETS WITH GAME 5 VICTORY
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal celebrate their series win.
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It was a complete team effort once again for the Heat in a 106-105 victory over the Nets, propelling Miami into the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat held on in the final minute after two Vince Carter baskets cut the lead to one. New Jersey called timeout after rebounding Gary Payton's missed jumper with 1.4 seconds to play, but the inbounds pass never made it to Carter, who stumbled trying to get free. Winning in very similar fashion to Game 4, the Heat had six players score in double figures, led by Antoine Walker's 23 points. Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, adding six rebounds and six assists. Carter and Richard Jefferson each finished with 33 points for the Nets. Pat Riley's return to the conference finals will be his first as a coach since 1997. The Heat will await the winner of the Detroit-Cleveland series.
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MIA
101.3
43.1
19.3
0.464
0.695
0.338

PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
NJN
93.0
38.1
23.3
0.448
0.797
0.289
TEAM LEADERS
Wade 24.6
O'Neal 10.8
Wade 7.1
Mourning 0.800
3 tied with 1.000
Posey 0.467
PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
Carter 29.1
Carter 8.1
Kidd 10.1
Thomas 1.000
Robinson 1.000
Murray 0.500
SEASON SERIES: NETS 3, HEAT 1
April 2: Nets 90, Heat 78 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Feb. 4: Nets 105, Heat 92 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Dec. 23: Nets 95, Heat 88 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Nov. 7: Heat 90, Nets 89 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Game 1: NJN 100, MIA 88 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 2: MIA 111, NJN 89 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 3: MIA 103, NJN 92 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 4: MIA 102, NJN 92 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 5: MIA 106, NJN 105 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
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