Wade’s last-second shot lifts Heat over Hornets
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade banked in the game-winning jump shot
with 1.3 seconds left, as the Miami Heat edged the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets, 101-99, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
With the Hornets going scoreless for over five minutes, Miami went on an 11-0
run capped by a James Posey free throw with 25.1 seconds left. Chris Paul then
tied the score at 99 on a layup with 18.1 seconds on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Wade backed his way down toward the lane,
backstepped, then kissed the ball off the glass with 1.3 seconds left for the
game-winner. Paul inbounded the ball to Jannero Pargo, who heaved a
desperation three that missed everything to preserve the win for Miami.
Wade posted 29 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals for the
Heat, who have split their last six games. Udonis Haslem posted 16 points and
seven boards. Jason Williams and Posey both added 15, and Alonzo Mourning had
11 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Paul notched 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Hornets, who
have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Rasual Butler posted 21 points and eight
boards, and Pargo had 14 points and six assists. Desmond Mason and Tyson
Chandler both added 10 points.
On the injury front for the Hornets, forward Peja Stojakovic had lower back
surgery to remove a disc fragment on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Hornets also
announced that forward David West will have arthroscopic surgery on his right
Miami went on a 10-2 run midway through the first capped by a Haslem slam with
5:38 remaining, and led 33-26 heading into the second. That total was its
season high for points scored in a quarter.
The Hornets closed the second on a 19-5 burst capped a Paul three-pointer at
the buzzer to take a 63-54 lead into halftime.
After Butler opened the second half with a jumper, Miami went on a 12-2 run
capped by a Williams layup with a tick over six minutes left. The Heat trailed
82-79 heading into the final stanza, in which they outscored the Hornets 22-17
to win the comeback.
Miami coach Pat Riley snapped his nine-game losing streak to the Hornets
dating back to 2001…The Hornets beat Miami by a 101-86 score on November 21
this season and have won 10 of the last 17 meetings…New Orleans/Oklahoma
City has dropped five in a row and eight of its last 12 games in South Beach