Rough return for Wade
Wallace leads Bobcats past Heat in overtime
As Dwyane Wade walked onto Miami's home court for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks, Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff called timeout, deflating what was a raucous greeting from the Heat crowd.
And that wasn't all the Bobcats did to spoil Wade's fun last night.
Gerald Wallace scored 30 points, Walter Herrmann hit two big 3-pointers in the final minute, and the Bobcats ruined Wade's return from a dislocated left shoulder by beating the Heat, 111-103, in overtime -- a loss that seriously hurt Miami's hope of having a home-court edge for the first playoff round.
"It's exciting to get back, but at the end of the day, you always want to win. You always want to come back and help your team win," Wade said. "I came back and at times, I looked OK and at times, I didn't."
That summed up Miami's night.
Wade played 27 minutes, scoring 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field and 6 for 12 from the foul line -- part of a costly Heat effort from the stripe. Miami was 26 of 44 from the line and committed a season-high 26 turnovers.
Pistons 87, Cavaliers 82 -- Detroit moved a step closer to earning home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Chauncey Billups had 14 points and 12 assists, directing a balanced attack that gave host Detroit the win. The Pistons held LeBron James to 20 points on 5-of-16 shooting, 6 assists, 5 turnovers, and 5 rebounds.
Suns 115, Lakers 107 -- Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists for his career-best 50th double-double, and visiting Phoenix beat Los Angeles to move 2 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers fell into seventh place in the West -- a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets. The teams meet tonight in Denver.
Raptors 103, Bulls 89 -- Anthony Parker scored a career-high 27 points and Chris Bosh had 22 points and 11 rebounds in moving host Toronto to within 1 1/2 games of Chicago and Cleveland for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Rockets 112, Kings 106 -- Tracy McGrady had 40 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in his return from a back injury, and visiting Houston made a late surge to snap a three-game losing streak.
76ers 109, Hawks 104 -- Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and host Philadelphia rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to win in overtime.