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Wade hits winner at buzzer

Sun., Dec. 23, 2007

Dwyane Wade hit a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer, giving the Miami Heat a 104-102 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night in Miami.

Wade finished with 20 points for Miami, which wasted a 16-point second-half lead – but won when the 2006 NBA finals MVP pump-faked, shot and saw the ball bounce off the rim and through the hoop as time expired.

Shaquille O’Neal finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Daequan Cook had 15 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 28.2 seconds left, for Miami.

Deron Williams scored 22 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 and C.J. Miles scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth for Utah, which took its only lead of the second half on a pair of free throws by Matt Harpring with 46.3 seconds remaining.

Pacers 93, Wizards 85: At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Indiana held off short-handed Washington.

Jermaine O’Neal had 18 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Kareem Rush added 15 points for the Pacers, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Hornets 110, Timberwolves 76: At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 19 points, 15 assists and five steals in only 30 minutes, helping the Hornets to a victory over downtrodden Minnesota.

Paul had his 14th double-double of the season early in the third quarter, when New Orleans built a 27-point lead and soon after went with a lineup of all reserves to finish it off.

Nets 100, Warriors 95: At East Rutherford, N.J., Richard Jefferson scored 31 points, Jason Kidd collected his 93rd career triple-double and the Nets beat Golden State.

Vince Carter finished with 23 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left, for the Nets, who led by 14 in the first half and needed some clutch plays from their Big Three to get the win.

76ers 99, Grizzlies 97: At Memphis, Tenn., Andre Iguodala made a 20-foot jumper as time expired to give Philadelphia a victory over the Grizzlies.

Iguodala, who had 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, converted the winner over Mike Miller from near the top of the key. By the time it went through the net, Iguodala and his teammates were already headed to the locker room after handing Memphis its ninth loss in the last 11.

Rockets 116, Bulls 98: At Chicago, Tracy McGrady had 20 points and eight assists to lead Houston to a victory over the Bulls.

Yao Ming had 18 points and eight rebounds but sprained his right thumb in the third quarter. X-rays were negative, and Yao retuned in the fourth quarter.

Despite high expectations, the Bulls (9-16) have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Spurs 99, Clippers 90: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 34 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Spurs beat severely undermanned Los Angeles.

Tony Parker had 18 points in his first game back since missing four with a sprained left ankle. The Spurs snapped a two-game skid, while the Clippers’ losing streak increased to four.

Bucks 103, Bobcats 99: At Milwaukee, rookie Yi Jianlian scored a season-high 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and Michael Redd added 27 points to help the Bucks outlast road-weary Charlotte.

Mo Williams added 22 for the Bucks, who improved to 9-3 at home and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Jason Richardson scored a season-high 30 points for the Bobcats.

Suns 122, Raptors 103: At Phoenix, the Suns raced past Toronto despite a career-high 42 points by the Raptors’ Chris Bosh.

Leandro Barbosa scored 31 points, Amare Stoudemire added 28 and Grant Hill 25 as Phoenix swept the season series from Toronto for the fourth consecutive season. The Suns are 8-0 against the Raptors since Steve Nash came to Phoenix in 2004.


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