EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them.
Wade more than filled the void of O'Neal's scoreless first half by scoring a postseason career-high 34 points and setting up the big guy for most of his 17 second-half points as the Heat completed a first-round sweep of the New Jersey Nets with a 110-97 win Sunday.
Miami's seventh straight win over Jason Kidd and company guarantees that O'Neal will have at least a full week to rest his legs before the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs resumes. The layoff could last nine days, depending on the other series.
The Heat cruised past the Nets because they hit shots and they got contributions up and down their lineup in the series from the likes of Eddie Jones, Damon Jones, Udonis Haslem, Keyon Dooling and Alonzo Mourning, the former Net who was booed unmercifully the past two games.