Wade rallies Heat past Nets
Miami's 4th-quarter burst overwhelms New Jersey
Dwyane Wade was mildly surprised midway through the final quarter to see the Miami Heat trailed by only 10.
"We still had a chance," Wade said.
Where there's a Wade, there's a way.
Wade scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, 14 of those in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and the Heat rallied to beat the New Jersey Nets, 99-94, last night to stay perfect at home this season. He entered the game 0 for 9 from 3-point range this season, but connected on four against the Nets, including three from beyond the arc during the frantic comeback.
"I didn't need to use them yet," Wade said. "But tonight, I brought them out."
And just in time for the Heat, who improved to 3-0 at home for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Michael Beasley scored 19 points and Daequan Cook added 15 for the Heat, who scored 26 points off turnovers and went 26 for 32 from the foul line - including a game-sealing 6 for 6 effort by Chris Quinn in the final 12.9 seconds.
"I guess I've got to be careful what I wish for," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "On the plane ride back the other night and then the staff meeting this morning, I was telling everybody that we really needed another grind-out game where it's ugly, where we're behind, where we have to fight for it . . . I didn't mean tonight."
Yi Jianlian made a career-best five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who got 22 points from Vince Carter. New Jersey led by 10 after Carter connected on a 3-pointer - one of 13 by the Nets - with 5:48 left, but got outscored 26-11 the rest of the way.
Carter's layup with 32.5 seconds left drew the Nets within 1, but Wade calmly made a 15-footer from the right side nine seconds later, and the Heat held on from there. Down by 3, New Jersey had one more chance, but Carter was called for traveling with 6.7 seconds left - the Nets' 19th turnover - and the outcome was sealed.
Suns 107, Grizzlies 102 - Leandro Barbosa scored 16 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43.8 seconds left, and host Phoenix withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis.
The Grizzlies had rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and led, 102-100, on Rudy Gay's dunk off an offensive rebound with 1:30 remaining.
But Barbosa sank his second 3-pointer of the game to give Phoenix a 103-102 lead. After a pair of Steve Nash free throws, O.J. Mayo missed a straightaway 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left.
Trail Blazers 106, Magic 99 - Brandon Roy scored 27 points as Portland beat Orlando for the Trail Blazers' first road win.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and a season-high 19 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu added 35 points for the Magic.
Portland scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to build an 83-73 lead. Point guard Steve Blake and reserve Travis Outlaw had 20 apiece as Portland's bench outscored Orlando's, 40-12.
Pacers 107, Thunder 99 - T.J. Ford had 24 points and 10 assists to help host Indiana beat Oklahoma City for the Pacers' second straight victory. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points and eight rebounds, but no other Oklahoma City player scored more than 14 points in the team's fourth consecutive loss.