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Wade swats Nets

Dwyane Wade made a free throw with 5.2 seconds left and blocked a potential winning layup at the buzzer to give the Heat a 90-89 win over the New Jersey Nets last night at Miami.

Wade, who had 23 points, drove on the Nets' Jason Kidd and was fouled. He made the second of two free throws before blocking Vince Carter's shot.

The Nets pleaded for a foul, to no avail. Nets coach Lawrence Frank ran halfway across the court to complain about the non-call, as the Heat trotted off and celebrated their 10th straight win over New Jersey.

''All ball," said Wade on his way to the locker room.

Carter had a game-high 32 points.

Antoine Walker had 18 points and Gary Payton added 13 for the Heat. Alonzo Mourning and Jason Williams added 11 points apiece for Miami, which again played without the injured Shaquille O'Neal and used a seven-man rotation. Mourning also had 11 rebounds.

New Jersey rallied from two double-digit deficits in the second half, yet never took the lead.

Miami went ahead, 80-70, on a 3-pointer by Williams with 9:13 left, but the Nets chipped away. Carter's 3-pointer with 1:25 left drew New Jersey to 89-87, and his jumper 34.9 seconds later got the Nets into their first tie since Richard Jefferson scored to make it 8-8 4:04 into the game.

Payton missed a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, but Mourning collected the rebound and gave Miami an extra possession. Wade hit his free throw 21 seconds later.

Jefferson had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, and Jason Kidd added 11 points.

Jazz 95, Bobcats 91 -- Mehmet Okur scored 7 of his career-high 31 points in overtime, and Utah prevented host Charlotte from winning three in a row for the first time in franchise history.

Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who recovered after blowing a 14-point third-quarter lead.

Okur hit back-to-back jumpers to put the Jazz ahead for good, 92-89. He was 11 of 17 and grabbed seven rebounds.

Cavaliers 105, Raptors 93 -- LeBron James had 27 points as Cleveland kept host Toronto winless.

Chris Bosh had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who are 0-4 for the first time in franchise history.

Timberwolves 93, Clippers 78 -- Kevin Garnett, who missed a jumper in the lane in the final seconds of a 1-point loss to the Clippers Saturday night, bounced back with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead host Minnesota.

Spurs 104, Bulls 95 -- Tony Parker scored 8 of his 22 points in overtime and Tim Duncan contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead San Antonio at Chicago.

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