Heat lose to Bobcats in Wade’s return
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace scored 30 points and Walter
Herrmann hit two big threes in the final minute of overtime, as the Charlotte
Bobcats spoiled Dwyane Wade’s return to the Heat with a 111-103 triumph.
Wade returned to game action, less than two months after suffering a
dislocated left shoulder. He didn’t start, but finished with 12 points,
shooting just 3-of-9 from the field and 6-of-12 from the charity stripe while
dishing out eight assists and committing six turnovers.
Alonzo Mourning scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Jason Kapono added
19, shooting 7-for-9 from the field for the Heat, who had a three-game winning
streak snapped. Shaquille O’Neal had 15 points and nine rebounds for Miami,
which fell two games behind Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern
Conference. The Heat are also 2 1/2 games ahead of Washington for the lead in
the Southeast Division.
Raymond Felton had 16 points and Herrmann added 15 for the Bobcats, who have
won three of their last four games. Emeka Okafor and Brevin Knight scored 13
apiece for Charlotte, which matched a franchise-high with 20 steals.
Wade’s turnaround jumper pulled Miami within one, 92-91 with 1:02 showing on
the clock in the fourth quarter. He then turned the ball over with 29 seconds
left, but after the Heat got a stop, Wade was fouled by Felton with 2.4
seconds to go.
Wade settled one of two from the line before Wallace had a chance to win at
the buzzer. Out of a timeout, Wallace drove the lane, but didn’t get his
running layup off in time, sending the game to overtime.
Wade’s tip-in brought the Heat within two outs with just over minute left in
OT, but Herrmann hit a three-pointer with 42 seconds left. Kapono nailed a
jumper for Miami, but Herrmann drilled another three with 15 ticks remaining
to ice the game.
Wade first entered the contest with 3:58 left in the opening quarter, but his
first basket didn’t come until the opening two minutes of the fourth.
Trailing 29-22, Miami opened the second quarter with a 7-2 run, capped by a
Kapono three, pulling the Heat within two, 31-29, with a little under 10 1/2
minutes remaining in the frame.
Leading 44-41, the Bobcats ripped off five straight points putting the margin
at eight with just over two minutes left until the intermission.
Despite shooting 64.3 percent, Miami trailed 57-49 at the half thanks in large
part to 14 turnovers.
The Bobcats began the second half with an 8-0 spurt, taking their biggest lead
of the game, 65-49 early in the third stanza.
A three by Kapono, which cut the Bobcats lead to 10, 78-68 at the end of three
quarters, sparked a 15-0 run, which put the Heat ahead, 80-78 with 7:39 left
in the contest.
After two Jason Williams free throws pushed the lead to 88-84, Charlotte
embarked on an 8-1 run, capped by two Brevin Knight free throws, giving the
Bobcats a 92-89 edge with 1:09 left in the fourth.
Charlotte’s Adam Morrison missed the games with a sprained left knee
tendon…Charlotte won for the first time in Miami…Miami committed 26