Heat Holds Suns, 92-85
Jan. 23, 2003
MIAMI (AP) _ Brian Grant had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat overcame the absence of Eddie Jones and held off the road-weary Phoenix Suns for a 92-85 victory on Wednesday night.
Grant, playing with a sprained right thumb, led a balanced attack to help offset the loss of the Heat's leading scorer, Jones, who missed the game because of the flu. Caron Butler added 13 points and Malik Allen 12 to help the Heat win for the fifth time in their last six home games.
The Heat's bench also provided a spark, with Mike James scoring 15 points and LaPhonso Ellis adding 10.
The Suns tied the game in the fourth quarter after falling behind by 13 points in the third quarter, but they couldn't make enough key plays down the stretch and wound up dropping their fifth straight on the road.
Shawn Marion led the Suns with 27 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Stephon Marbury, who averaged 32.4 points in his previous five games, had 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
The Heat opened a 53-42 lead at halftime and led 71-60 entering the fourth quarter. Phoenix opened the fourth with a 6-0 run, getting a pair of baskets from Joe Johnson and a fast-break layup by Marion to cut the gap to 71-66.
Jake Voskuhl tied the game for the Suns with a baseline jumper, but the Heat ran off six straight points, capped by Eddie House's jumper, for an 80-74 lead.
Jacobsen hit another 3-pointer, and Marbury knocked down a jumper to cut Miami's lead to 80-79 with 4:06 left. Allen's short hook shot provided an 86-82 Heat lead with 1:29 to go. Marbury dropped in a 3-pointer to cut it to 88-85 with 16 seconds left, but House put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws.
Notes: The Heat began the night 14-27, exactly the same record at the halfway mark as a year ago. ...The Heat won for only the third time in their last 11 overall ...Miami completed a season sweep of Phoenix. The Heat defeated the Suns 100-90 in overtime on Dec. 2. ... Despite the defeat, the Suns are 11-4 against Eastern Conference teams this season.