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Dwayne Wade

Position PPG Rebounds Assists Steals
Shooting Guard 27.4 4.7 7.5 2.10

Shaq

Position PPG Rebounds Assists Steals
Center 17.4 7.4 2.0 .20

Jason Kapono

Position PPG Rebounds Assists Steals
Forward 10.9 2.70 1.2 0.6

Jason Williams

Position PPG Rebounds Assists Steals
Point Guard 10.9 2.30 5.3 1.0

Udonis Haslem

Position PPG Rebounds Assists Steals
forward 10.7 8.30 1.2 0.6

After the promising 2003-04 season, Miami again took major steps forward. The Heat acquired superstar center Shaquille O'Neal on July 14, 2004 in a historic trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in which Miami shipped Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant out west. Dwyane Wade and O'Neal worked well as a pair and each solidified their position as NBA elites with both averaging over 20 points per game. The season also reunited several former club members. Ron Rothstein, the Heat's inaugural head coach, became an assistant coach and both Steve Smith and Alonzo Mourning rejoined the team as role players. The Heat had its second best record in franchise history: 5923. They were seeded first in the playoffs, and swept through the first two rounds by winning eight consecutive games against New Jersey and Washington and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against defending champion Detroit. The teams split the first four games before Miami pushed the Pistons to the brink of elimination with an easy 9278 victory in Game 5, but in the process lost Dwyane Wade to a strained rib muscle suffered in an attempt to take a charge against Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace. Without Wade, the Heat were routed 9166 in Game 6 at Detroit, setting up a deciding Game 7 in Miami. In that game, Wade returned, and the Heat held a 6-point lead with 3 minutes remaining before a series of missed shots and turnovers down the stretch cost the Heat the game and the series to the Detroit Pistons, 43. Wade apparently struggled to breathe throughout the game due to the rib injury, forcing the Heat's star to play in a limited capacity, although he remarkably managed to score 20 points.