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Heat warm up just in time win game

GAME 3 Miami rallied from a 13-point deficit with 6

AP , MIAMI, FLORIDA

Beyond what the Mavericks' defense did to him in Games 1 and 2, O'Neal, who was fined US$10,000 by the NBA for skipping his postgame interview on Sunday in Dallas, has taken a public beating in the media and from fans wondering what has happened to one of the NBA's pre-eminent towers of power.

Riley, for one, thinks O'Neal has been treated unfairly.

"Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most worthy professional athletes who has ever walked the face of the planet," Riley said before the game. "And he has one bad game ... but that's the way it is in life."

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