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Heat Win Third Straight 88-81

For the first time since November, the Miami Heat have a winning record.

That's pretty pathetic.

But that's the way it has been for the NBA Champs. Injuries, lack of focus and uninspired play prevented Miami from looking anything like a championship team. Just when things started to turn for Heat, their best player, their "Superman", D-Wade went down with a dislocated shoulder. To some scribes and bloggers, the season was over. Finished.

The Heat had different ideas. Instead of packing it in, they decided to step up. Particularly, Shaq. He's looking more like the Shaq from the Lakers. The Shaq who won three championships. Not the 35-year-old Shaq who looks soft, fat and old. He's gone back to his ghetto game, and just at the right time.

Miami defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 88-81. The Heat were led by Eddie Jones, who had his coming out party since rejoining Miami a couple of weeks ago. He finished with 21 points, 4 for 7 from downtown. Shaq had another soild game, 14 points and 9 boards. On a side note, the Heat sustained another injury. This time it was Jason Kapono who suffered a high ankle sprain. Dorell Wright will be filling in for Kapono until he returns.

The win puts Miami (30-29) in the sixth playoff spot, and only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the Southeast Conference. The Heat are making their playoff push at the perfect time. The league is ripe for the taking. They have a favorable schedule with a ton of home games. Wade has decided to delay sugery, and is hoping to be back in a couple of weeks for the playoffs. If he is able to get anywhere near what he was before the injury, the Heat will be the team to beat all the way through the playoffs for the East.

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