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Heat 99, Nets 85

February 24, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ Alonzo Mourning came back from a broken nose and hit his first 13 shots, scoring a season-high 43 points and leading the Miami Heat over the New Jersey Nets 99-85 Wednesday night.

Mourning, injured Monday when he was struck by Michael Curry’s elbow in a loss at Detroit, finished 13-of-14 from the field and made 17-of-24 free throws. He added 16 rebounds in 33 minutes.

Mourning missed a 15-foot jumper with 56 seconds left in the game.

The All-Star center, who has had three facial injuries in the past three seasons, had his nose reset Tuesday. He protected it with a bandage instead of a mask.

The Heat, coming off a 1-3 road trip, won its seventh straight home game. Miami earned its first victory over the Nets in three games this season.

Kerry Kittles scored 24 points, Stephon Marbury had 21 and Keith Van Horn added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.

Miami trailed 33-31 when its reserves, led by Otis Thorpe, Clarence Weatherspoon and Anthony Carter, sparked a 14-4 run. Weatherspoon made his first five shots before finishing with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

The Heat maintained at least an eight-point lead for the rest of the game.

Following Marbury’s putback, the Nets trailed 92-83 with 4:43 remaining. Mourning, who sat out for 4:40 of the fourth quarter, responded with a 17-foot turnaround jumper.

Mourning’s dunk and ensuing free throw made it 99-85 with 1:25 left.

Mourning scored 24 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field in the first half to help Miami take a 59-51 lead.

Notes: Mourning and Weatherspoon shot a combined 10-of-10 for 32 points in the first half. ... Mourning tied a team record by making 12 foul shots in the first half. He set career highs for free throws made and attempted. ... Miami is 8-0 on Wednesdays. ... Heat coach Pat Riley had been 8-0 against the Nets before they beat Miami in the first two games this season.

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