Shawn Marion's dunk with 1.1 seconds left gave the visiting Miami Heat a 95-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade, selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game this weekend in Phoenix, scored 24 points. Wade scored eight points in the fourth quarter and found Marion for the decisive dunk.
Reserve Michael Beasley finished with 21 points for the Heat, which had lost five of seven games.
Ben Gordon finished with 34 points for Chicago.
With Miami trailing 86-85, Wade led an 8-0 run. Mario Chalmers hit a reverse layup to give Miami the lead back, then Marion blocked Derrick Rose's shot and finished with a dunk on the other end. Wade made a jumper, then hit a fadeaway over Rose to give the Heat a 93-86 lead with 1:13 left.
But the Bulls came back by scoring seven consecutive points. Tyrus Thomas' basket got them within 93-90 with 35 seconds left, then Gordon was fouled by Daequan Cook on a 3-point attempt. He hit all three free throws to tie the game at 93 with 6.5 seconds left.
Kirk Hinrich then stole Marion's inbound pass, but Wade stole Thabo Sefolosha's pass with 3.5 seconds left to set up the winning slam.
ELSEWHERECavaliers coach Mike Brown was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials following Cleveland's last-second loss at Indiana on Tuesday night. Brown, who will coach the Eastern Conference team at the All-Star game, went into a tirade about a call by referee Joey Crawford that awarded the Pacers two free throws and gave them a 96-95 win. ... Elgin Baylor is taking his game to a different court. One day after filing a discrimination suit against the Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA, Baylor provided insight into his action against the team for whom he served as general manager for 22 years and the league in which he excelled as a player for 14 seasons. "The way I was treated by the NBA and the Clippers was unfair and in many ways discriminatory. It was wrong," said Baylor, reading from a prepared statement at a news conference at the office of his lawyer Carl Douglas. Clippers attorney Robert H. Platt said Baylor's claims "carry no weight and have no credibility."
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