Heat begin trip with easy win


Miami guard Dwyane Wade takes a shot against Atlanta forward Al Harrington during the first quarter Wednesday at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 2:26 a.m.
Jason Williams scored 21 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-74 on Wednesday night for their first road victory of the season without Shaquille O'Neal.
The Heat, who began a five-game road trip, improved to 8-5 since losing O'Neal to a sprained ankle.
The win over the Hawks was especially important for the Southeast Division-leading Heat, who play nine of their next 11 games on the road. O'Neal, who watched from the Miami bench, is not expected to return before the end of the five-game trip.
The Hawks, in last place in the Southeast, set a new scoring low for the season.
  • GRIZZLIES 92, RAPTORS 66: Damon Stoudamire scored 19 points and Eddie Jones had 18 to lead Memphis to a rout of NBA-worst Toronto.
    Chris Bosh had 15 points for the Raptors, who fell to 1-15 after losing their sixth straight.
    Fans booed the Raptors off the court at halftime, at the end of the third quarter and at the final buzzer. Attendance was a season-low 14,993.
  • CAVALIERS 112, CLIPPERS 105: Donyell Marshall made a key three-point play in regulation, then hit consecutive 3-pointers in overtime to help host Cleveland beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 29 points before fouling out in overtime and LeBron James added 28 for Cleveland, which broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 7-1 at home.
  • WIZARDS 96, TRAIL BLAZERS 89: Gilbert Arenas had 28 points and five assists, leading host Washington over the road-weary Trail Blazers.
  • PISTONS 93, NETS 83: Richard Hamilton scored 30 points and visiting Detroit tied a team season high with 10 3-pointers in a win over the Nets.
  • CELTICS 110, 76ERS 103: Paul Pierce scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift Boston over Philadelphia.
  • KNICKS 109, BULLS 101: Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 28 points, and the Knicks used a huge advantage at the free-throw line and some strong fourth-quarter defense to beat Chicago.
  • DENVER'S KARL SUSPENDED: George Karl has never been shy about sharing his candid opinions and as a result, he has often found himself lighter in the wallet.
    This time, he also got suspended without pay.
    The league came down hard on Karl for publicly criticizing officials after the Nuggets' 101-92 loss to New Jersey. Karl began his two-game suspension with Wednesday night's Nuggets-Hornets game in Denver. He also will sit out Denver's game at Phoenix on Friday night.
    Karl got in trouble for suggesting that Vince Carter flopped twice during the game's final minutes Monday night: ''There's a rumor out of the league office that we're trying to take flopping out of the game, but I don't think that was orchestrated very much in those two calls.''
    Channing Frye added 21 points and Stephon Marbury had 18 for the Knicks, who lost all four meetings last season. They seemed headed to another loss before shutting out Chicago for nearly 5 minutes to start the final quarter.
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