O’Neal stays out, but Heat holds on
Playing again without Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade scored 33 points, including a game-saving layup with 4.3 seconds left, and added eight assists and six rebounds as the Heat held on to beat the trade-depleted Indiana Pacers, 104-101, on Thursday night at Miami.
“We got lackadaisical, but we won a game,” Wade said. “That’s all we care about.”
Jason Williams added 20 points and eight assists for the Heat, which led, 91-75, with 8:05 left before the Pacers -- who had only 10 players in uniform because of Wednesday’s eight-player deal with Golden State -- got within two with a 23-9 run. But Wade made a pair of free throws with 24.5 seconds left -- and after Shawne Williams made a three-point basket with 13.8 seconds left -- drove full-court for the clinching score.
Danny Granger had a career-high 28 points on nine-of-15 shooting for Indiana, but came up short on a three-pointer at the final buzzer.
“If we had one more minute, that game would have gone into overtime and we would have won,” Granger said.
O’Neal’s anticipated return didn’t happen and the Heat said he would miss at least one more game because of Nov. 19 knee surgery.
Coach Ron Rothstein said O’Neal did not have a setback and took part in the shoot-around, but stressed the team is continuing to exercise caution.
In perhaps the steepest naming rights deal for an indoor American sports arena, the London-based bank Barclays will spend as much as $400 million over the next 20 years to put its name on the New Jersey Nets’ planned Brooklyn arena.
Nets owner Bruce Ratner declined to reveal the terms of the deal to name the 18,000-seat arena expected to open in 2009 The Barclays Center. Bank executives and city officials described the investment as “more than $300 million.” A person with knowledge of the deal speaking anonymously said its total value was almost $400 million.