Wade shoots lights out
James helps send Heat game to OT
LeBron James took over at the end of regulation. Chris Bosh tied the game in overtime. And Dwyane Wade provided the exclamation point, moments before the power was knocked out at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade’s jumper with 0.1 seconds left gave the Heat a 93-91 win against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, a game in which James scored his team’s last 8 points of regulation to lead a wild comeback and that omnipresent question - “So who takes the big shots for Miami at crunch time?’’ - had three answers.
“Who’s going to take the last shot? Whoever’s open,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that’s the point. We have a lot of weapons. We’re at our best when you’re not necessarily sure where that shot is coming from.’’
Wade scored 28 points, James added 27, and Bosh had 13 for the Heat, who extended their home-court winning streak to 12 games and remained tied in the loss column with Chicago and Oklahoma City in the race for the best record.
Over the final 18:18 of play, Miami led for just 12.2 seconds.
Miami trailed by 3 late in regulation but James hit one from the corner to tie it, then took over on the defensive end, swarming Darren Collison so much that the Pacers’ guard couldn’t even get a pass off, much less a winning shot.
Granger’s runner with 2:01 left in the extra session gave Indiana a 91-86 lead. The Pacers didn’t score again.
James made another 3-pointer to start Miami’s OT rally, Bosh tied it with a jumper with 1:03 left to play, and an offensive rebound off a missed 3 by James gave Miami the ball and a chance to take the last shot.
Udonis Haslem got the rebound of the missed 3 and passed to James, who waved his fingers toward Wade.
Wade dribbled slowly at Paul George, head-faked him into the air, drew contact, and then released a shot that dropped with almost no time left.
Hornets 95, Timberwolves 89 - Chris Kaman scored 20 points and visiting New Orleans snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota, which found out earlier that Ricky Rubio is out for the year with a knee injury.
Jarrett Jack had 17 points and seven assists for the Hornets, who won for the 10th time all season thanks to 28 assists on 39 buckets.
Minnesota’s Kevin Love had 31 points and 16 rebounds after missing the previous game with back spasms.
Warriors 111, Mavericks 87 - David Lee scored 25 points and Nate Robinson added 21 as Golden State beat road-weary Dallas, which lost its seventh straight on the road.
Stephen Curry, making his first start since returning from a tendon sprain in his right foot, added 10 points before leaving the game with 6:59 remaining to play in the third quarter with a mild sprain in his right ankle.
Rockets 112, Nets 106 - Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists, Luis Scola scored a go-ahead tip-in with 62 seconds remaining, and visiting Houston beat New Jersey for the 11th straight time.
Gerald Green had a career-high 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting in just his seventh game for the Nets since being signed from the NBA D-League.
Thunder 122, Bobcats 95 - James Harden scored 22 of his career-high 33 points in the first half, Kevin Durant had 26 points, and Russell Westbrook added 23 as host Oklahoma City beat Charlotte.
Bulls 111, Jazz 97 - Derrick Rose had 24 points and 13 assists, Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 26 points as host Chicago pounded Utah.
Pistons 105, Raptors 86 - Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and eight assists and Brandon Knight scored 19 first-half points for host Detroit.
Suns 98, Grizzlies 91 - Jared Dudley scored 19 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures in the Suns’ fifth straight home win.
Trail Blazers 110, Wizards 99 - LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 10 rebounds to help Portland snap a four-game road losing streak.