Glen Rice scored 25 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and Grant Long had a season-high 22 as Miami went five games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The Heat, in its sixth season, is 30-25 after matching a season-high with its fifth consecutive victory. Miami also tied a franchise record with its fourth straight victory on the road.
Around the league
Fighting fines: Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns and Charles Oakley of the New York Knicks have been fined for their part in an altercation. Barkley was fined $5,000 for slapping Oakley during the second period of the Suns' 92-78 victory Sunday in Phoenix. Oakley was fined $2,000 for retaliating. Both were ejected,drawing fines of $250 each.
Hurley's recovery: A little less than three months after nearly dying in a car accident, Sacramento Kings rookie Bobby Hurley returned to the court to shoot baskets. "He shot about 25 free throws, the number the therapist said he could shoot," his father, Bob Hurley Sr., said. Bobby Hurley shot as his father's St. Anthony's High School basketball team practiced in Jersey City, N.J.
Shaq's education: Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic tried to get college credit for acting in the movie Blue Chips, his academic adviser says. But although such projects can count as course work, O'Neal was too busy last summer filming and traveling to make the necessary arrangements, according to Tommy Karam, director of LSU's Academic Center for Athletes. "It is quite a learning experience to have been involved in a full-length motion picture," Karam said. Although he could not get credit for the film, Karam said O'Neal hasn't given up on a college degree. Karam said O'Neal needs about 70 credits to reach the 128 to graduate.
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