Haslem's technical knockout doesn't stop Heat from winning

Posted: March 28, 2006

Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points, and host Miami rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Indiana, 96-91, last night.

The Heat won despite getting hit with five technical fouls and losing starting forward Udonis Haslem to an ejection in the second quarter after scuffling with Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal.

Haslem and O'Neal got tangled with 5:25 left in the half, and exchanged heated words. Both got technicals, but Haslem also was charged with an offensive foul and was tossed after arguing that call.

In other games:

* At East Rutherford, N.J., Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Jersey over Phoenix, 110-72. It was the Nets' ninth straight win.

* At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams had 20 points to lead Utah over New Orleans, 104-80.

* At Oakland, Calif., Gilbert Arenas had 40 points and 10 assists as Washington defeated Golden State, 116-98.

Noteworthy

* Orlando extended the contracts of second-year players Jameer Nelson (Chester High, Saint Joseph's) and Dwight Howard through the 2007-08 season.

* The man accused of sparking the brawl between players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004 was convicted of assault for punching Ron Artest, who played with the Pacers at the time. John Green was the last person with a case pending after the brawl. He faces up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 1.

* Sacramento forward Bonzi Wells was fined $5,000 by the NBA for punching a ball into the locker-room tunnel during a loss to Golden State on Sunday.

* Golden State forward Chris Taft will undergo surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back, ending his rookie season. *

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