Heat 114, Wizards 106
Nov. 09, 1997
MIAMI (AP) _ Tim Hardaway scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and sparked a decisive run in the fourth quarter that gave the Miami Heat a 114-106 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Jamal Mashburn added 22 points for the Heat. Terry Mills scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and P.J. Brown had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Chris Webber scored 34 points for Washington, while Juwan Howard added 26. Rod Strickland had 19 assists for the Wizards, one shy of his career high.
After Hardaway's 3-pointer tied it at 85 after three quarters, he triggered a 10-0 Miami run to start the fourth quarter.
Hardaway, who had 12 assists, set up Mills for a 3-pointer and then hit a driving layup for a 90-85 lead. After Brown hit a jumper, Todd Day capped the spurt with a three-point play following a steal, giving Miami to a 95-85 lead with 9:45 left.
Two free throws by Howard pulled the Bullets within 107-103 with 1:49 left, but Strickland missed a driving layup and Isaac Austin was fouled on the rebound. Austin then made two free throws to stretch the lead to 109-103 with 1:21 remaining.
Mashburn clinched the victory with a three-point play that put the Heat up 112-104 with 25 seconds remaining.
Hardaway, who a week ago hit a 12-footer at the buzzer to beat the Wizards 109-108 at USAir Arena, swished a long 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 85-85 heading into the fourth quarter.
Following an alley-oop dunk by Webber, Washington increased its 60-54 halftime lead to 67-58 early in the third quarter. Mills scored seven straight points for Miami, including a 3-pointer. Hardaway then followed with a 3-pointer to pull the Heat even at 76 with 3:44 left.
The Wizards closed out the first half with a 17-5 run to take a 60-54 lead into the locker room. Webber scored six of his 19 first-half points during the spurt.