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Heat go up 31, then scramble to top Pelicans 106-101

MIAMI (AP) A new look on the court and some really old looks on the sidelines were exactly what the Miami Heat needed.

Finally, they won at home.

Josh Richardson scored 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat wasted most of a 31-point lead before hanging on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-101 on Friday night. Miami had the massive lead by the midpoint of the second quarter, then saw the margin cut to three in the final moments before surviving and snapping a six-game home losing streak.

''We can walk out of here with a different feeling,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

It started with a different look.

Miami's black ''Vice'' uniforms, whose unveiling coincided with the start of the home slide, were ditched in a decision that was made shortly before game time. The Heat donned red uniforms instead, calling it ''an organizational decision.''

Plus, as part of the recent NBA tributes to late broadcaster Craig Sager and his unique sense of fashion, Spoelstra and his assistants wore their outlandish best. Spoelstra wore a blue and white plaid coat - a nod to both Sager and Dr. Jack Ramsay - while assistant Dan Craig went with a leathery look and Juwan Howard wore sneakers that loosely resembled the sort of colorful jackets Sager made famous.

''Let's talk about our head coach: I thought he looked great,'' said Wade, the Heat expert on fashion. ''I thought it was great that coach always preaches to players to get out of their comfort zone, and tonight he had to get out of his comfort zone. It was amazing.''

Anthony Davis finished with 41 points for the Pelicans, who got 21 from Jrue Holiday and 15 from Nikola Mirotic. New Orleans has never rallied from more than 23 down to win a game, but made this one far more interesting than Miami wanted.

''When you get yourself down 30 and start mounting a comeback, you have to have a perfect storm,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''And it just doesn't exist. It's really disappointing because we competed like crazy from the second quarter on.''

The Heat led by 20 after one quarter - their biggest lead at home through 12 minutes since Jan. 30, 2007. The lead was 52-21 early in the second, and by then Richardson had 14 points, Wade had 11 and the Pelicans had missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts. Richardson's 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the half pushed Miami's lead to 59-28.

And then things got interesting.

New Orleans needed only 97 seconds for a 12-0 run that cut the deficit to 19, and the Pelicans went into the locker room down 61-41. Davis then scored the Pelicans' first 11 points of the second half with a jumper, two 3-pointer and three free throws after getting fouled on a 3 to get his team within 65-52.

The Pelicans kept charging, but Miami never surrendered the lead.

''We know what we have to do,'' Davis said. ''We know we have to come out better instead of playing uphill.''

TIP-INS

Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore left with 1:34 left with what appeared to be a left knee injury, and was unable to put any weight on that leg as he was helped to the locker room. ... New Orleans is 9-2 at home, yet only 2-10 on the road. ... Davis now has three 40-point games this season.

Heat: This is a stretch where Miami plays nine of 10 games against Western Conference teams. ... It was Miami's 390th consecutive home sellout, tying Phoenix (1990-99) for the seventh-longest in NBA history. ... Hassan Whiteside had 12 points for Miami, but didn't play in the fourth.

HEAT INJURIES

The Heat are up to 62 games missed by eight players with injuries - Goran Dragic (right knee) remains out, Tyler Johnson (right hamstring) sat again, Dion Waiters (ankle surgery) hasn't played this season and Derrick Jones Jr. is now out with a right hamstring strain.

COMEBACK TRY

The largest halftime deficit ever overcome in Pelicans' history was 19 - they were the New Orleans Hornets then - at Memphis on Jan. 30, 2010. When trailing by 20 or more at the half, New Orleans is now 0-38.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.

Heat: Host Utah on Sunday.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
J. Richardson
0 SG
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
49.3 Field Goal % 42.9
48.2 Three Point % 42.9
80.7 Free Throw % 83.3
+ 1 Julius Randle made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
  Julius Randle missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Team rebound 0:06
  Personal foul on Bam Adebayo 0:06
  Offensive rebound by Tim Frazier 0:06
  Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 Justise Winslow made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
  Team rebound 0:17
  Justise Winslow missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Julius Randle 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow 0:17
Team Stats
Points 101 106
Field Goals 35-82 (42.7%) 40-93 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 6-28 (21.4%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 25-29 (86.2%) 15-24 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 55 58
Offensive 11 13
Defensive 35 33
Team 9 12
Assists 25 22
Steals 4 10
Blocks 8 4
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 22 24
Technicals 2 0
41 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 11-12 17243426101
home team logo Heat 8-13 37242025106
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 11-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Heat 8-13 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Richardson SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 41 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
J. Richardson SG 20 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
42.7 FG% 43.0
21.4 3PT FG% 33.3
86.2 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 41 9 2 15/23 2/5 9/10 2 41 1 4 2 1 8 +9 57
J. Holiday 21 4 8 8/20 0/5 5/5 3 40 0 1 3 1 3 +5 39
N. Mirotic 15 4 1 5/11 3/9 2/2 1 29 2 1 2 0 4 -10 22
E. Moore 6 4 1 2/10 0/1 2/2 3 25 1 0 1 2 2 0 12
T. Frazier 6 6 9 1/2 1/1 3/4 3 24 0 0 1 2 4 +12 29
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 41 9 2 15/23 2/5 9/10 2 41 1 4 2 1 8 +9 57
J. Holiday 21 4 8 8/20 0/5 5/5 3 40 0 1 3 1 3 +5 39
N. Mirotic 15 4 1 5/11 3/9 2/2 1 29 2 1 2 0 4 -10 22
E. Moore 6 4 1 2/10 0/1 2/2 3 25 1 0 1 2 2 0 12
T. Frazier 6 6 9 1/2 1/1 3/4 3 24 0 0 1 2 4 +12 29
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 8 10 2 2/6 0/1 4/6 2 25 0 1 4 2 8 -14 19
S. Hill 2 6 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 19 0 0 2 3 3 -14 8
I. Clark 2 1 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 1 -6 5
W. Johnson 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 1 0 0 1 -9 2
D. Miller 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 1 -6 0
C. Diallo 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 +8 0
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 46 25 35/82 6/28 25/29 22 235 4 8 16 11 35 -25 193
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 20 2 1 8/22 3/10 1/2 3 35 3 1 2 0 2 -7 26
H. Whiteside 12 8 3 6/8 0/0 0/2 2 20 1 2 1 3 5 -8 28
R. McGruder 11 5 1 5/11 0/2 1/1 4 27 2 0 0 2 3 +12 20
J. Johnson 8 1 3 2/6 1/1 3/4 3 19 1 0 2 0 1 -9 14
W. Ellington 6 4 2 2/7 1/6 1/3 4 33 1 0 1 1 3 -10 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Richardson 20 2 1 8/22 3/10 1/2 3 35 3 1 2 0 2 -7 26
H. Whiteside 12 8 3 6/8 0/0 0/2 2 20 1 2 1 3 5 -8 28
R. McGruder 11 5 1 5/11 0/2 1/1 4 27 2 0 0 2 3 +12 20
J. Johnson 8 1 3 2/6 1/1 3/4 3 19 1 0 2 0 1 -9 14
W. Ellington 6 4 2 2/7 1/6 1/3 4 33 1 0 1 1 3 -10 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Wade 18 5 6 6/15 2/5 4/6 1 26 0 0 1 1 4 +5 34
K. Olynyk 13 7 2 4/8 3/6 2/2 3 25 2 0 1 2 5 +20 25
J. Winslow 10 3 1 3/11 1/3 3/4 2 23 0 0 1 0 3 +9 14
B. Adebayo 8 11 3 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 1 1 4 7 +13 25
G. Dragic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 46 22 40/93 11/33 15/24 24 235 10 4 10 13 33 +25 200