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Miami at New Jersey

Wade nets 43 points, fuels Heat's final surge in win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Dwyane Wade couldn't find the scoring range, the Miami Heat slid into a three-game losing streak.

In that slump, Wade had consecutive games in which he failed to crack 20 points. Now that Wade is back in the groove, the Heat have won two in a row.

One night after scoring 35 points to help the Heat beat the Lakers, Wade matched his season high with 43 points to lead Miami to a 106-103 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

"That's just basketball," Wade said. "Sometimes you are going to struggle. Sometimes you are going to be in the zone. You just have to stick with it. There was a three-game skid of not shooting the ball well. I just kept at it, and it eventually turned around. It's now two games in a row where I've felt very comfortable."

While making the Nets very uncomfortable.

"You had a great player have an unbelievable performance," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We tried to throw everything at him. He was relentless. He wouldn't give up."

Wade, the NBA's leading scorer, scored 12 of the Heat's final 14 points. It was 15th time Wade scored 40 or more points in his career. The Heat improved to 9-3 this season in game in which Wade gets at least 30.

"Obviously, Dwyane made some incredible plays and shots at the end," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "On defense, we got some stops when we really needed them."

Wade put Miami ahead to stay with a reverse layup with 1:58 remaining for a 98-97 lead.

"It's the reason he's leading the league in scoring," said Devin Harris, who had 21 points for the Nets. "He's a great player. I've seen it first hand."

Udonis Haslem sealed the win with a jumper from the corner with 14.7 seconds left that put the Heat up by 5.

Daequan Cook had 17 points for the Heat, while Michael Beasley had 11, and Shawn Marion added 10.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots, a season high for the rookie. Lopez led the Nets to a season-high 11 blocks.

Vince Carter also had 21 points for New Jersey.

It was a tight game between teams coming off emotional victories the night before. The Nets beat former captain Jason Kidd in their first meeting since the trade that brought Harris to New Jersey, routing Dallas 121-97 at the IZOD Center. In Miami, the Heat prevailed 89-87 over the Lakers, the top team in the Western Conference.

The Heat took a 62-56 lead at the half as Wade topped all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Wade added 11 more in the third as the Heat took an 80-77 lead into the final period.

Notes

  • Bobby Simmons, the Nets' starting small forward for the first 25 games, sat out because of a scapula injury. Trenton Hassell was the replacement, making his first start since Dec. 12, 2007, when he subbed for Harris when both played for the Mavericks.
  • For the Heat, James Jones (ruptured wrist tendon) and Dorell Wright (left knee surgery) remain sidelined.
  • It marked the only time this season the Nets played home games on consecutive nights. New Jersey concludes a four-game homestand Monday against Houston
  • The game showcased three of the NBA's top 10 scorers. Coming into the game, Wade led the league, averaging 28.3 points. Harris was fifth at 24.5 while Carter was 10th at 23.
  • New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya took in the game from a courtside seat.
  • Jarvis Hayes of the Nets was knocked woozy after a hard collision with Joel Anthony in the fourth quarter and had to be helped to the locker room.
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'We tried to throw everything at him,' Nets coach Lawrence Frank says about Dwyane Wade.  (AP)
'We tried to throw everything at him,' Nets coach Lawrence Frank says about Dwyane Wade. (AP)

Scoreboard
Miami (14-12) «27351826106
New Jersey (13-13) 29272126103
MIA:D. Wade 43 Pts
MIA:U. Haslem 7 Reb
MIA:M. Chalmers 7 Ast
NJ:B. Lopez 22 Pts
NJ:B. Lopez 13 Reb
NJ:D. Harris 9 Ast
Players of the Game
New JerseyMiami

B. Lopez

D. Wade
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
221304345
Miami
S. Marion, PF385-90-044310
D. Wade, SG3813-2216-1845243
M. Chalmers, PG373-121-23728
J. Anthony, C304-50-07058
U. Haslem, PF283-50-07036
D. Cook, SG275-103-321217
J. Magloire, C160-01-42031
M. Beasley, PF155-121-150111
M. Banks, PG101-10-21412
M. Blount, CDid Not Play
S. Livingston, PGDid Not Play
D. Wright, SFDid Not Play
J. Jones, SFDid Not Play
C. Quinn, PGDid Not Play
Y. Diawara, SGDid Not Play
Totals 39-7622-30352122106
 51.3%73.3% 
New Jersey
V. Carter, SG405-1411-1255421
D. Harris, SG385-159-1149121
B. Lopez, C3611-160-0130422
T. Hassell, SF314-52-211310
Y. Jianlian, SF212-42-25006
K. Dooling, PG212-62-21136
J. Hayes, SF213-60-03238
R. Anderson, PF201-52-27215
J. Boone, PF122-30-01024
E. Najera, PFDid Not Play
S. Swift, CDid Not Play
B. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
S. Williams, PFDid Not Play
C. Douglas-Roberts, SGDid Not Play
Totals 35-7428-31402021103
 47.3%90.3% 
Other Games
LAL 103 Final
Orl 106
GS 110 Final
Char 103
Ind 95 Final
Phi 94
Sac 90 Final
NO 99
Hou 109 Final
Min 102
Utah 98 Final
Chi 106
LAC 85 Final
Mil 119
Tor 97 Final
SA 107
Den 101 Final
Pho 108