MIAMI — Dwyane Wade not only played for the second straight day, he also led a fourth-quarter surge that helped the Miami Heat snap their three-game losing streak.
Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, when Miami used a 12-0 run to take control en route to a 99-90 victory against the Washington Wizards on Monday night.
The Heat have played back-to-back games 12 times this season, and Wade played both ends for the third time — and it was his most effective. The veteran clearly seems to be gaining strength in knees that have forced him to rest and sit out most of the 16 games he has missed this season.
Wade shot 8 of 17, had six assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes, 27 seconds. He scored at least 20 points for the seventh time in his last eight games. He had 25 points in Sunday’s overtime loss at Chicago.
LeBron James scored 23 points and hit 10 of 15 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. James shot 39 percent (23 of 59) on the three-game road trip following his 61-point performance last Monday against Charlotte.