Wade paces Heat past Bobcats
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 12 assists to
lead the Miami Heat over the Charlotte Bobcats, 102-93.
Alonzo Mourning and Antoine Walker added 16 points each for the Heat, who
ended a three-game slide and won for just the second time in eight games.
Walker sparked a fourth-quarter run that gave Miami a comfortable lead and
Mourning ended with three blocks for Miami, which has won six straight over
Adam Morrison tied a career-high with 27 points to lead Charlotte, which has
dropped consecutive games. Gerald Wallace added 14 points and 11 rebounds and
Raymond Felton had 13 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who have
dropped four of five.
Miami led for virtually the entire contest. But, holding a slim 66-64 lead
late in the third quarter, it was a 10-2 run that bridged the final two frames
that gave the Heat some breathing room. Wade spearheaded the run, scoring
eight points, as Miami went ahead 76-66 with just a minute elapsed in the
“Really I wasn’t looking to score,” said Wade. “I was attacking the basket and
trying to mix things up.”
“He gets all the calls,” said Wallace of Wade. “That’s what makes him special.
It’s like anybody who is an All-Star or has the potential of being an All-Star
that plays against the Bobcats is going to get all the calls. We’re not
allowed to touch him. Anybody who shoots 22 free throws is ridiculous.”
Charlotte later drew within 80-75 when Felton hit a runner with 8:05 left.
However, Walker ignited an 11-2 surge for the Heat that put them back ahead by
double figures. Walker had six points during the run and Miami withstood a
late surge by the Bobcats to hold on for the win.
Matt Carroll had 14 points for Charlotte, which led 25-23 only to trail 51-43
Miami entered the game as the worst shooting team in the league, but shot a
blistering 55.1 percent from the floor…Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor was held to
nine points, marking just the second game this season he did not score in
double figures. Okafor also had 11 rebounds…Wade ended two points off his
season-high. He shot 10-of-14 from the floor and hit 15-of-22 free throws.