NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Miami
(Monday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Miami 94, Memphis 82
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade dropped 27 points and handed out eight assists in breaking his own franchise season scoring mark, as the Miami Heat downed Memphis, 94-82, at American Airlines Arena.
Wade surpassed his 2005-06 mark of 2,040 points, which he accomplished in 75 games that season and now has 2,064 and counting through 70 games. He also set a new career-high in assists for a season, eclipsing his previous best of 515, also during the '05-06 campaign. He now has 523 on the year.
"It's great I've got the opportunity to do the things I've been able to do," said Wade. "I really appreciate the Miami Heat organization for giving me the freedom to do it."
Michael Beasley totaled 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which is fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Heat were coming off a dreadful 1-3 road trip, but won their fifth in a row at home.
Jamaal Magloire had a season-high 12 boards to go with 10 points in his first double-double this season. Magloire started and logged 28-plus minutes in the absence of forward Jermaine O'Neal, who sat with a bruised right hip. He aggravated the injury in Sunday's win against Detroit, but isn't expected to miss an extended amount of time.
"Coming down the stretch, the Eastern Conference race is so close that every game has so much more significance. We have to start getting out to better starts, and we were conscious of that tonight," said Magloire.
O.J. Mayo paced the Grizzlies with 21 points and Mike Conley had 11 with five assists as Memphis lost for the 17th time in 19 tries and slid to 5-29 on the road this season.
"They really jumped on us from the start. When you're playing a team that's fighting for a playoff position and playing as hard as they play, it's tough to come back," Memphis forward Hakim Warrick said.
The Heat nearly doubled up Memphis in the first quarter behind a 30-16 showing and took a 16-point advantage, 56-40, after 24 minutes behind 51.2 percent shooting from the field. Wade helped lead the way with 15 first-half points.
"Defensively, the starters definitely set the tone. Their energy was incredible," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I don't count on many more (games) like this. We need to get in the habit of defending and competing in each possession."
The Heat opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt and went up by 23 on a Mario Chalmers three-pointer nearly four minutes in before finishing the frame ahead by 18, 80-62.
Back to-back Beasley jump shots saw the Heat maintaining a gaudy lead at 87-66 nearly five minutes into the fourth.
The Grizzlies had beaten the Heat three straight times and recorded a 102-86 victory in the series on December 14 this season at Memphis. It was Wade's 48th game this season with 25 or more points...Miami recorded its first win against Memphis since December 16, 2006, having swept the season series that year.
03/23 23:22:10 ET