Slumping Jazz drop their fifth game in a row

Shaq reaches a rebounding milestone in Miami victory

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY - Shaquille O'Neal got his 10,000th career rebound and his team won its second straight game.

As small as it was, the winning streak seemed more important to him.

"Tonight was one of the first times we came out and we played a good solid 48 (minutes)," O'Neal said after his Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz 100-80. "We knew we needed this win."

O'Neal had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 21. He became the 31st player to reach 10,000 when he pulled down a miss by Utah's Gordan Giricek in the third quarter.

"Just another milestone," said O'Neal, who now has 10,005 rebounds. "I've still got four or five more years left."

Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who swept the season series against the Jazz for the first time and got their first win at Utah in four years.

Damon Jones scored 21, all on 3-pointers, and broke his career high of five from beyond the arc to lead the Heat. He hit two in a row during a 19-2 run that broke the game open for Miami in the third quarter.

"When you have Shaq and Dwyane Wade attacking at all times, teams are going to have to adjust," said Jones, who was 7-for-11 from 3-point range. "Tonight, Utah chose to double-team and I was able to get open looks."

Matt Harpring scored 12 and Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost five in a row and seven of eight.

"We'll go back and work some of the things that we had to do in training camp," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Some guys won't like it. They'll show me that they don't like it. (But) there will be some guys that suck it up and realize that we have to work harder."

The Heat blew a 14-point lead early in the third quarter, then turned the game into a rout in the second half.

The Jazz briefly took a 51-49 lead early in the third on a three-point play by Mehmet Okur, but Wade quickly tied it up and the Heat took off later in the period.

Okur pulled Utah to 58-57 with a shot that bounced twice off the rim before rolling in, then the Heat took off. Damon Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Heat up 72-59, and Wade blew through the lane for a one-handed dunk over Kris Humphries after O'Neal pulled down his 10,000th rebound at the other end.

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