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HEAT, PISTONS GET BLASTS FROM PAST

A pair of reclamation projects helped the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons take 2-0 leads in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Alonzo Mourning scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 16 minutes -- helping the Heat to a 104-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

"It's important that each and every one of us stay ready," said Mourning, whose high in 19 games in his return to the Heat was only 11 points. "And when an opportunity like this presents itself, you've got to take advantage."

O'Neal and Mourning -- who started the season in New Jersey before asking out -- were once bitter rivals.

Not anymore. O'Neal was among the first to hug Mourning afterward.

"The Hulk carried Superman today," said O'Neal, who is slowed by a thigh injury.

Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 10 assists for Miami. O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Damon Jones each finished with 14 points.

The Piston got a huge boost from Antonio McDyess, the former second overall selection in the 1995 NBA draft who is soaring higher than anyone ever imagined after limited action and multiple knee operations in the past three years.

"Just getting through the regular season without any problems with my knee was like a Christmas present for me," McDyess said. "And now this . . . this."

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson thought he eluded McDyess, racing underneath the basket for a reverse jumper in the second quarter. But there was McDyess swatting away the shot and racing to the offensive end in a 99-84 blowout victory by Detroit.

McDyess finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, unleashing the bottled emotions of three knee operations in 18 months and six seasons of playoff isolation.

"I just told myself when the playoffs started to just let it all go," he said. "Stop worrying about the knee. I was just so happy to get on the floor, it wouldn't have mattered if I didn't score a point."

He played in only 52 games over the previous three seasons. Teams avoided him like a virus and he figured that quitting was the only option.

And then Joe Dumars called and sold him on the intangible that his roster was stocked with guys down to their last chances.

"You go down throughout this locker room and you see guys that people gave up on," McDyess said. "Look at Ben (Wallace). Look at Chauncey. How many people thought Rip would get to this point in his career? People wanted to put labels on Rasheed (Wallace). But Joe saw something in all of us that others missed and I definitely feel blessed."

A Pistons fan was arrested after Iverson was struck with a coin while sitting on the bench with about two minutes left.

Other fans pointed out the suspect to police and Palace security. The man, identified only as a 31-year-old Taylor, Mich., resident, was released pending a review of the incident by Oakland County prosecutors.

Sonics win again

SEATTLE -- Ray Allen kept things going for Seattle, and Jerome James wasn't kidding when he said he had another big game in him.

Allen scored 26 points and James added 19 points and nine rebounds, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 105-93 win over the Sacramento Kings for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Rashard Lewis scored 12 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 10 for the Sonics, who took control in the third quarter.

Jackson on tour

Lakers owner Jerry Buss dined with Phil Jackson, one night after the former coach met with Knicks President Isiah Thomas.

Jackson has warmed up to the concept of coaching next season and has been contacted by at least five teams, the Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers being the most aggressive.