Dwyane Wade had career-highs with 37 points and 12 assists to again overshadow Shaquille O'Neal, and the Miami Heat improved to 3-0 for the second time in franchise history Saturday night with a 118-106 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Wade made 11 of 16 field goals, 14 of 16 free throws and outshone the Wizards trio of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes, who combined for 77 points and rallied Washington from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game late.
O'Neal, hampered by foul trouble and a strained hamstring, scored 13 points in 27 minutes while facing a team that started 6-foot-8 Michael Ruffin at center.
O'Neal committed three turnovers, made just 3 of 12 free throws and made most of his noise in the fourth quarter after Ruffin had fouled out. Ruffin's backup, Samaki Walker, also fouled out, forcing Washington to play forward Jared Jeffries at center for the final five minutes.
O'Neal scored nine points in the final period, including a short alley-oop from Damon Jones that gave the Heat a 106-102 lead. Eddie Jones scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and spurred the game-ending 16-4 run.
Arenas had 27 points and seven turnovers for the Wizards. Hughes scored 26 points, and Jamison had 24 points and 13 rebounds.