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January 21, 2007|PAUL NETTER


Injuries have hit hard this season for some of the NBA's standouts and their teams.

Defending champion Miami is 15-18 during Shaquille O'Neal's absence and 0-7 with O'Neal and Dwyane Wade sidelined.

Milwaukee, on a six-game winning streak with Michael Redd, is 1-5 without him. Memphis' season was virtually ruined by a 5-17 start without Pau Gasol, New Orleans has gone 5-7 without Chris Paul and Boston is 4-13 without Paul Pierce.

Curiously, Houston is only 2-6 without Tracy McGrady but 9-5 without Yao Ming. The Rockets are 1-9 without both.



The Heat's Wade went to the free-throw line so often in a 119-110 victory at Utah on Jan. 13 that Jazz fans cheered loudly when Coach Jerry Sloan received a late technical foul when Wade earned yet another trip to the line.

Wade, who made 21 of 23 free throws at Utah and averaged 16 attempts on a six-game trip, leads the league at 11.1 attempts a game.

Denver's Allen Iverson (10.3) is second, Boston's Pierce (9.4) is third, Washington's Gilbert Arenas (9.1) is fourth, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (9.0) is fifth and Milwaukee's Redd (8.7) is sixth.



The beat goes on in Dallas and Phoenix.

The Mavericks, who own 12- and 13-game winning streaks, are 8-0 in the second games of back-to-back situations and 33-4 since an 0-4 start.

The Suns, on a 12-game win streak after an early 15-game run, are winning by an average of 13 points during a 10-0 January and are 30-4 since a 1-4 start.


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