|Dwyane Wade delivered in the clutch to lift Miami. (ALAN DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Wade (33) leads way for Heat
Dwyane Wade scored 33 points, including a game-saving layup with 4.3 seconds left, as the Heat wasted most of a double-digit lead in the final minutes before beating the trade-depleted Indiana Pacers, 104-101, last night in Miami.
Jason Williams added 20 points and eight assists for the Heat, who led, 91-75, with 8:05 left before the Pacers -- who had only 10 players in uniform -- got within 2 by going on a 23-9 run.
But Wade hit a pair of free throws with 24.5 seconds left. Then he drove the length of the court for the winning score.
Danny Granger had a career-high 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting for Indiana, but came up short on a potential tying 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded.
The Pacers acquired Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod from the Warriors Wednesday for Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Josh Powell, and Al Harrington, but none of the new players was available.
Marquis Daniels had a season-high 23 points for the Pacers, who also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Jermaine O'Neal.
The Heat were playing without Shaquille O'Neal for the 32d straight game while he continues his recovery from knee surgery -- he will not play in Philadelphia tonight, either.
Indiana was within 11 points midway through the final quarter when Wade drove for a reverse layup and a 93-80 lead.
Mavericks 114, Lakers 95 -- Josh Howard scored 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 27 as host Dallas avenged its only loss over the past six weeks.
Dallas has won 19 of 20 games, six in a row since a 101-98 loss in Los Angeles Jan. 7 that ended a 13-game winning streak.
After the Mavericks started 0-4 for the first time in team history, the defending Western Conference champions reached the midpoint of their regular season with the NBA's best record (33-8).
Jason Terry had a season-high 13 assists for Dallas.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points for the Lakers.