NBA: Boston 100, Washington 92

BOSTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Ray Allen connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Monday, giving the Boston Celtics a late boost in their 100-92 win over Washington.

NBA: Boston 96, Detroit 85

BOSTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce helped Boston dominate the third period in his season debut Friday, leading the Celtics to a 96-85 victory over Detroit.
O'Neal to sit out 4 weeks for rehab

O'Neal to sit out 4 weeks for rehab

BOSTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Boston will be without veteran forward Jermaine O'Neal for the next four weeks while he undergoes rehab for an injured left knee, the team said.

NBA: Miami 94, New Jersey 86 (2 OT)

MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- Michael Beasley scored 25 points and collected 13 rebounds Wednesday as the Miami Heat bumped New Jersey 94-86 in double overtime.

NBA: Miami 103, Chicago 74

CHICAGO, March 25 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 24 points Thursday and the Miami Heat rode a quick start to a 103-74 smashing of Chicago.

NBA: Miami 99, New Jersey 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 22 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade notched 27 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 25 Monday to boost the Miami Heat to a 99-89 decision over New Jersey.

NBA: San Antonio 88, Miami 76

MIAMI, March 16 (UPI) -- Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and George Hill chipped in with 16 Tuesday to pace the San Antonio Spurs to an 88-76 win over Miami.

NBA: Miami 104, Philadelphia 91

MIAMI, March 14 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade struck for 38 points, sinking 14-of-25 from the field to pace the Miami Heat to a 104-91 win over Philadelphia Sunday.

NBA: Miami 108, Chicago 95

MIAMI, March 12 (UPI) -- Quentin Richardson made 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range Friday in leading Miami to a 108-95 conquest of Chicago.

NBA: Miami 108, Los Angeles Clippers 97

MIAMI, March 10 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade led a parade of Miami players to the free throw line Wednesday and the Heat held on to down the Los Angeles Clippers 108-97.

NBA: Miami 110, Golden State 106

MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade pumped in 35 points, distributed 12 assists and grabbed six rebounds Tuesday as the Miami Heat outlasted Golden State 110-106.

NBA: Dallas 97, Miami 91

DALLAS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and Jason Kidd had 21 points and 11 assists Saturday in the Dallas Mavericks' 97-91 win over Miami.

NBA: Miami 87, New Jersey 84

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Quentin Richardson and Jermaine O'Neal each sank two free throws in the final 23 seconds Wednesday, helping the Miami Heat hold off the New Jersey Nets 87-84.

NBA: Miami 105, Philadelphia 78

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade returned from his All-Star Game MVP performance to score 24 points, leading the Miami Heat to a 105-78 blowout of Philadelphia Tuesday.

NBA: Chicago 95, Miami 91

CHICAGO, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bulls hit 28 of their season-high 35 free throws Saturday and edged Miami 95-91.
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Jermaine O'Neal
Indiana Pacers Jermaine O'Neal discusses the first quarter technical foul of Jamaal Tinsley with referee Tommy Nunez, Jr. on November 30, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)

Jermaine Lee O'Neal (born October 13, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 255 lb (115 kg) forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA Draft straight out of high school. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th pick of the first round, but O'Neal was unable to break into the first team in Portland and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000. In his eight seasons with the club, he was voted an NBA All-Star six times, made the All-NBA teams three times, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2001–02 season. He also helped Indiana reach the NBA Playoffs six times, including the Conference Finals in the 2003–04 season. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors before the 2008–09 season began, and traded to the Miami Heat midway through the same season. O'Neal joined Boston prior to the 2010–11 season.

Jermaine O'Neal was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Both he and his elder brother, Clifford, were raised single-handedly by his mother, Angela Ocean. Ocean worked hard to support her sons, and left her children largely to their own devices. O'Neal found his love for athletics at a young age. Tall and quick, he enjoyed both football and basketball, but basketball was his favorite sport. Two of his basketball heroes are Hakeem Olajuwon and Bill Russell; O'Neal often marveled at the former's approach to the game, while he loved watching the latter's video highlights of his duels with Wilt Chamberlain.

Each summer, he would play for an AAU team, and impressed onlookers with his athleticism and his ability to handle the ball with both hands. By the time he turned 14, the 6'4" O'Neal—now a confident guard who could drain three-pointers—entered Eau Claire High School of the Arts as a freshman in 1992. In his first meeting with basketball coach George Glymph, he made the bold promise to become the best player in the school's history. While O'Neal's first season was hardly noteworthy (he even played as quarterback for the Eau Claire team) things changed when he grew five inches over the next year and a half, and he was inspired to develop into a defensive powerhouse like his idol Russell. Glymph built his team's defense around O'Neal, and Eau Claire featured one of the most imposing frontcourts around. With O'Neal averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks a game, Eau Claire captured its third straight 3A state title in 1995.

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