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GAME OF THE DAY

Heat finishes strongly to surprise the Suns

December 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns wanted to make sure Dwyane Wade didn't beat them with his trademark driving, slashing game.

He and the rest of the Miami Heat did it by making one jumper after another, instead.

Wade scored 10 of his 31 points in the final four minutes and the Heat ended its longest trip of the season with a 117-113 victory over the Suns on Monday night.

"I'm getting a lot more comfortable with my game, especially with my pull-up jumper," said Wade, who scored 16 in Miami's 40-point first quarter. "I wanted to come out and be real aggressive and put some pressure on them."

Miami, finishing a six-game, nine-day trip at 2-4, had double-digit leads in all four quarters to beat the Suns for the first time in three seasons. The Heat had six double-figure scorers and shot 59% in winning consecutive games for the first time this season.

Grant Hill, Raja Bell, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire all scored 19 points for Phoenix.

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