NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Miami
(Saturday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Miami 101, New Jersey 96 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists, as the Miami Heat held on in overtime to take a 101-96 decision with the New Jersey Nets.
Wade also recorded three steals and four blocks for the Heat, who have won six of eight overall. Yakhouba Diawara added a season-high 19 points, while Michael Beasley posted 17 points and seven rebounds. Daequan Cook contributed 15 points, while Udonis Haslem had five points and 13 rebounds.
Keyon Dooling scored 23 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds for the Nets, who have lost three of four. New Jersey was without guard Devin Harris, who sat out the game to rest his hamstring. Vince Carter poured in 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Bobby Simmons had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Brook Lopez had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Yi Jianlian had 13 points for New Jersey.
Down two to start the fourth, Miami took a 66-63 lead on Chris Quinn's three- pointer.
After Josh Boone put the Nets up 83-82 on a layup with 1:09 left, Beasley hit a free throw and Wade added two from the line to put the Heat up two with 32.3 seconds left.
Dooling hit a floater to tie the game with 8.4 seconds left, and Wade's jumper was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.
"They did a good job of taking Vince (Carter) out," said Dooling. "He trusted his teammates, and I was able to turn the corner and make a little floater."
Midway through the overtime period, Wade blocked Lopez's dunk attempt and made a fade-away jumper at the other end, putting the Heat up, 93-88, with 2:09 to play.
Lopez had another shot attempt blocked -- this time by Beasley, and Wade put together a three-point play with 37.2 seconds on the clock to put Miami ahead by eight.
Carter converted a three-point play, Simmons drained a three, and Dooling hit a couple free throws with 10.2 seconds left to pull the Nets to within two.
Beasley made one free throw to make it 99-96 with 8.8 seconds left, and Carter missed a contested three. Mario Chalmers sank a couple free throws with 2.6 seconds left to seal the win.
"It was a good finish," said Wade. "The last seven minutes was pretty good. It was a great win to get."
New Jersey opened the game on a 10-1 run and took a 24-9 advantage on Boone's jumper with a little over three minutes left in the first.
The Heat closed the gap somewhat and trailed 27-14 heading into the second. Miami cut its deficit to eight, 46-38, at halftime.
Diawara's three at the end of the third pulled the Heat to within 63-61 going into the fourth.
New Jersey fell to 4-1 in overtime games, while Miami improved to 2-0...Miami has won three consecutive meetings with the Nets...Dooling played a career- high 47 1/2 minutes...Miami's Shawn Marion sat out due to back spasms.
01/04 00:19:20 ET