Wade's 43 lift Heat in OT
Dwyane Wade scored 43 points, eight in overtime, and the Miami Heat rallied for a 105-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Wade hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Heat a 101-93 lead with 1:17 left in overtime. He made 14-of-22 field goals, including 2-of-3 3-pointers, and converted 13-of-17 free throws. His effort was just one shy of his season high on Jan. 6 at home against Boston.
Michael Beasley added 12 points, Dorell Wright 11 and Mario Chalmers 10 for Miami.
Troy Murphy had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Danny Granger scored 25 points for Indiana. Solomon Jones added 13 and Brandon Rush 10.
After Wade fell and the Pacers took the ball with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, Granger missed an off-balance, 19-footer that left the score tied at 89.
Murphy had a double-double by the half, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The Heat adjusted defensively, limiting him to nine points the rest of the way on 4-of-5 shooting. Murphy had just four rebounds in the second half.
Wade and his teammates were able to match every run the Pacers made.
With his team trailing 58-54, Wade scored 14 of the Heat's last 16 points of the third quarter, and they regained the lead at 70-67.
Wade came up big again late in the fourth quarter, driving the baseline, dishing off to Udonis Haslem for a layup and hitting a free throw to put the Heat up 89-87 with 2:08 left in regulation.
The Pacers' Earl Watson drove the lane for a layup and an 89-all tie with 49 seconds to go.