Heat rallies, wins in OT; late shots lift Hawks, Spurs

The Baltimore Sun

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and had three key blocks in the closing minutes, and the host Miami Heat overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets in overtime, 101-96, last night.

Miami's superstar did it all.

Wade went up high for two blocks on 7-footer Brook Lopez, including one in overtime, and swatted a jumper by Vince Carter into the stands in the final minute of regulation. Wade's three-point play with 37.2 seconds left in overtime stretched Miami's lead to 96-88.

Trailing by 16 points in the first quarter, the Heat (18-14) rode a season-high 19 points from Yakhouba Diawara and 17 points from Michael Beasley. Miami's biggest previous comeback was Dec. 22 against Indiana, when it rallied from 15 points down.

New Jersey cut it to 99-96, but Carter's desperation three-point attempt missed.

Keyon Dooling had 23 points and Carter had 20 for the Nets (16-18), who won in overtime a night earlier against the Hawks.

Both teams took big blows before the game even began.

Devin Harris, who leads New Jersey in scoring and assists, was resting a sore right hamstring and was inactive against Miami. And Heat forward Shawn Marion had back spasms and was a late scratch.

The rest of the starters would fill in fine.

Wade missed a jumper from just inside the arc as the fourth quarter buzzer sounded.

Wade had given the Heat an 85-83 lead on a pair of free throws, but Dooling hit a runner in the lane to tie it at 85 with 8.4 seconds left.

Hawks 103, Rockets 100: : Mike Bibby made a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining, and Josh Smith scored a season-high 29 points in host Atlanta's victory over Houston.

Joe Johnson had a season-high 14 assists, the last when he drove from the perimeter and into the left side of the lane before passing to Bibby for the winner.

Flip Murray finished with 17 points for Atlanta (22-11), which ended a three-game losing streak to Houston. The Hawks won their sixth straight at home, improving to 15-2 this season at Philips Arena. Overall, Atlanta has won six of seven.

Reserve Carl Landry scored 18 points, and Yao Ming had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Houston (21-14), which has dropped two straight and five of seven.

Rockets guard Tracy McGrady, who had averaged 29.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists over his past 10 games in Atlanta, was held out because of a sore left knee. Ron Artest and Shane Battier also were injured and unable to play for Houston.

Spurs 108, 76ers 106: : Tony Parker hit a high-arching 15-footer at the buzzer and San Antonio beat visiting Philadelphia after blowing an early 21-point lead.

Parker finished with 15 points and 10 assists to help the Spurs (22-11) win for seventh time in eight games and rebound from a 100-98 loss Tuesday night to the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting.

Andre Miller led Philadelphia (13-20) with 28 points on 12-for-14 shooting. Andre Iguodala added 25 on 10-for-15 shooting as both teams shot more than 50 percent.

Miller scored 16 points in the third quarter. His free throw with less than a minute remaining gave Philadelphia its first lead, 79-78.

Nuggets 105, Hornets 100: : Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 22 points, including a layup with 56.5 seconds left, and host Denver blew a 26-point third quarter lead before recovering to beat New Orleans.

J.R. Smith scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Denver (23-12).

Chris Paul had 30 points and 11 assists, and David West had 21 points for the Hornets (20-10), whose four-game winning streak was stopped.

The Nuggets led 77-51 midway through the third quarter before New Orleans rallied. The Hornets outscored the Nuggets 20-6 to end the third, then scored the first nine points of the fourth to cut it 83-80 with 9:31 left.

Smith gave the Nuggets breathing room with a fast-break layup and a three-pointer that made it 88-80 with 8:08 left, but Peja Stojakovic's fourth three-pointer of the night tied it at 94 with 4:11 left.

Pacers 122, Kings 117: : Danny Granger scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana beat visiting Sacramento.

Kevin Martin led the Kings (8-26) with a season-high 45 points, making 13 of 24 shots and a career-high seven three-pointers.

T.J. Ford had 16 points and seven assists, and Troy Murphy had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers (12-21), who won their second straight.

Sacramento has lost eight of nine.

Bobcats 102, Bucks 92: : Gerald Wallace scored 24 points, Boris Diaw added 21 and host Charlotte (12-22) beat Milwaukee to end a three-game losing streak.

The league's lowest-scoring team shot 47 percent and took advantage of Bucks center Andrew Bogut's absence to control the inside and avenge a Friday night loss in Milwaukee (16-19).

Richard Jefferson scored 19 points, and Michael Redd added 17 to go over 11,000 points in his career for Milwaukee.

Timberwolves 102, Bulls 92: : Randy Foye scored 21 points, Al Jefferson added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and visiting Minnesota (8-25) won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Chicago.

Derrick Rose finished with 22 points, and Tyrus Thomas had 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots for Chicago (14-20), which has lost six of its past seven games.

Off the court

Hornets: : Center Tyson Chandler was suspended without pay for New Orleans' game at Denver last night for striking an opponent Friday night.

Chandler was ejected during the third quarter of the Hornets' win at Portland on Friday for elbowing Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla in the neck.

Przybilla was also fined $7,500 for his role in the incident, the NBA said. He struck Chandler in the chest with his forearm before Chandler retaliated.

Trail Blazers: : Brandon Roy, the All-Star guard who missed the past two games because of a sprained right hamstring, will miss seven to 10 more days.

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