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Miami at Seattle

Wade takes over late as Miami rallies to beat SuperSonics

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Dwyane Wade's fourth quarter performance was proof that four games off was the remedy the All-Star needed to regain his explosiveness.

Content to get others involved in the first half, Wade scored 14 of his 29 points in the final eight minutes of Miami's 107-103 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

Saying his energy level was the best all season, Wade scored 25 second-half points to go along with 13 assists in leading Miami to its second straight win.

"Coming out and setting my teammates up I didn't have to use a lot of energy early on and that enabled me to save a lot for later in the game when they needed me to attack," Wade said.

Wade made 8 of 16 shots and was 13-for-17 at the free-throw line. Jason Kapono added 19 points and former Seattle star Gary Payton added 14 off the bench.

Wade missed four games recently with a sprained right wrist, and returned on Sunday at Portland, scoring 33 points against the Blazers, taking control of the offense early on.

Wade patiently distributed to shooters Kapono and Jason Williams in the first half, handing out nine assists. Combined with Payton's 10 points off the bench, the Heat were able to stay close enough for Wade to take control in the final 24 minutes.

"He was pacing himself in the first half ... and he was getting everybody shots," Miami coach Ron Rothstein said. "He was just letting the game come to him."

Wade scored eight of Miami's first 11 points of the second half and then saved his best for the closing minutes.

Wade's 15-footer with 4:52 left gave the Heat a 93-91 lead. After Seattle pulled even at 93, Wade made a 21-footer with Earl Watson in his face. The capper was a dribble-drive through Seattle's defense, finished with a left-handed scoop shot that gave Miami the lead for good at 97-95.

"He's great and great players on the road -- which Dwyane did -- he took over the game and we had very little answers," Seattle interim coach Gordon Chiesa said. Chiesa was filling in for Bob Hill who has a respiratory infection.

"We tried every possible defense ever invented by mankind as far as trying to slow him down and he still was sensational."

Wade added four free throws in the final two minutes, Alonzo Mourning and Udonis Haslem made a pair, and Payton capped the victory with an uncontested layup with 13 seconds left.

"It's always special to come back to Seattle," Payton said. The 14 points were two off a season-high. "I was here for a long time. I still love these fans and the fans still love me."

Ray Allen made a pair of 3-pointers in the closing seconds for the final margin. Allen led Seattle with 29 points and Chris Wilcox added 28 points and 13 rebounds, but Seattle still lost its sixth straight and eighth in nine games.

"I'm just a little upset that we couldn't get a win tonight," Wilcox said. "I think we played hard for four quarters and I just think you got to find out what it is in these last two minutes. ... We've got to dig deep and find some answers."

Williams scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half and Haslem added 13 for the Heat.

Nick Collison scored 21 points and had nine rebounds for Seattle before fouling out, backing up his career-high 29-point, 21-rebound effort of Tuesday night against Phoenix.

Rothstein improved to 2-2 as Miami's interim coach while Pat Riley is on medical leave, and bested Chiesa, who was handling head coaching duties for the first time in his career as an NBA assistant. Hill hopes to be able to coach Friday when Seattle hosts Utah.

Notes

Seattle sent rookie C Mouhamed Sene to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Developmental League. Sene had played in just 16 games and was averaging 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds. ... Seattle, who has lost 12 straight away from home, doesn't play another road game until Jan. 30 at Dallas.

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Miami (15-19) «26223128107
Seattle (13-25) 30252424103
MIA:D. Wade 29 Pts
MIA:U. Haslem 10 Reb
MIA:D. Wade 13 Ast
SEA:R. Allen 29 Pts
SEA:C. Wilcox 13 Reb
SEA:E. Watson 11 Ast
Players of the Game
SeattleMiami

R. Allen

D. Wade
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