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Heat Rides Wade to a Win Over the Spurs

Associated Press
Monday, February 14, 2005; Page D07

Dwyane Wade could only watch when Miami faltered down the stretch in San Antonio earlier this season, a sprained ankle keeping him out of the Heat's nine-point loss.

He made sure Miami didn't waste its chance yesterday to knock off the visiting NBA-leading Spurs.

Miami's Shaquille O'Neal tries to evade the defense of San Antonio's Tim Duncan in the 2nd quarter. The Heat won a matchup of conference leaders. (Marc Serota -- Reuters)

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Wade had 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 25 seconds left that helped Miami post a 96-92 victory.

"It's a big win," said Wade, who hit five of his final seven shots, and added six assists and five rebounds. "We beat a great team that's playing well right now."

The game between conference leaders -- San Antonio's 40-12 record is tied with Phoenix in the West, and Miami leads the East at 39-14 -- included 22 lead changes and 22 ties. Neither team led by more than six points.

Shaquille O'Neal added 27 points and seven rebounds for Miami. Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 24 points.

CAVALIERS 103, LAKERS 89: In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 30 points to spoil Kobe Bryant's return to the Los Angeles lineup from a sprained ankle.

James added nine assists and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Bryant finished with 26 points on 7-of-22 shooting in 41 minutes. Lamar Odom added 19 points, but Los Angeles had no answer inside for the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas, who was 11 of 13 from the floor and added 11 rebounds. Drew Gooden had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.

BULLS 87, TIMBERWOLVES 83: In Minneapolis, Ben Gordon had 21 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role, helping Chicago spoil Kevin McHale's first game as Minnesota's coach.

Eddy Curry scored 17 points for the Bulls, whose 20-2 run bridging the first and second quarters was the difference. Latrell Sprewell scored 26 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

MAVERICKS 95, SUPERSONICS 92: Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 23 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Dallas.

Erick Dampier added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who snapped Seattle's five-game winning streak after the SuperSonics lost a 10-point lead by going without a field goal in the final 4:40.

Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 18 points.

KINGS 104, CELTICS 100: Chris Webber had a triple-double by the third quarter, and Mike Bibby scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth for visiting Sacramento.

Webber had 14 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Kings snap a four-game losing streak. Raef LaFrentz scored 25 points for Boston.

KNICKS 102, BOBCATS 99: Tim Thomas got a lucky bounce on a three-pointer from the corner as the final buzzer sounded, giving New York a win at home.

Thomas's shot hit the iron and bounced four feet above the rim before caroming off the top of the backboard and dropping through to give the Knicks just their fourth victory in 22 games. Jamal Crawford led New York with 23 points.

SUNS 106, WARRIORS 102: Jimmy Jackson hit a go-ahead shot in the lane with less than 20 seconds left in overtime to lift visiting Phoenix into a tie with San Antonio for the best record in the NBA.

Joe Johnson led the Suns with 23 points. Shawn Marion had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Quentin Richardson scored 21 points and Steve Nash added 20 points and 12 assists. But Amare Stoudemire was held to nine points, snapping his string of 11 straight 20-point games.

Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.

PACERS 76, GRIZZLIES 73: Stephen Jackson had 19 points and eight rebounds for Indiana at home. Lorenzen Wright had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

NETS 94, NUGGETS 79: Vince Carter scored 23 points and the Nets spoiled Kenyon Martin's return to New Jersey by holding Denver without a basket for nearly 11 minutes over the second and third quarters. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points and Martin added 13 for the Nuggets.

ROCKETS 81, TRAIL BLAZERS 80: Yao Ming scored 23 points and Juwan Howard had 17, including four free throws in the last 13 seconds, to lift host Houston to its seventh straight victory. Damon Stoudamire scored 25 points for Portland.

MAGIC 97, HORNETS 94: Hedo Turkoglu and Steve Francis each scored 22 points to lead Orlando at home.

Dan Dickau scored a career-high 28 points for New Orleans, making seven three-pointers.

RAPTORS 109, CLIPPERS 106: Chris Bosh had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help host Toronto end a four-game skid. Elton Brand had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five straight.

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