Sat, Feb 03, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Heat overcome Cavaliers after some odd moments

BIZARRE OCCURRENCES LeBron James dealt his good friend Dwyane Wade a hard foul to the face, and managed to miss three free throws in 17.2 seconds


Dwyane Wade had 41 points -- including a team-record 24 points in the final quarter -- and the Miami Heat came from behind to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-89 on Thursday in a game that had some bizarre occurrences down the stretch.

With the Heat up 87-86 with 20.4 seconds left, Wade took a hard foul in the face, courtesy of his good friend LeBron James -- who was called for a flagrant foul as Wade writhed in pain near midcourt.

Wade made both free throws to push the lead to 89-86, then made one more after being fouled again 2.4 seconds later.

Wade had 12 turnovers, two more than his previous career worst and one more than the dubious mark Kevin Edwards set during the Heat's expansion season 18 years ago. But Wade more than atoned for that by making 23 of 24 free throws.

James, bothered by a sprained right big toe, played 36 minutes and finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds -- but was 3-for-8 from the line and missed three free throws in a span of 17.2 seconds late in the game, including one that would have tied it with 44.8 seconds left.

Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points before fouling out, and Jason Kapono added 13 for Miami. Daniel Gibson had 19 points and Drew Gooden added 11 for Cleveland.

Suns 103, Spurs 87

At Phoenix, Arizona, All-Star Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 23 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points and Phoenix rallied to beat San Antonio.

Phoenix, which had its 17-game winning streak snapped by Minnesota on Monday, has won 10 straight at home and 18 of 19 overall.

Boris Diaw scored 16 and Steve Nash added 13 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who won for the third time in 13 regular-season meetings against the Spurs.

Manu Ginobili scored 32 points for the Spurs, who have lost two straight.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each added 20 for San Antonio.

The Spurs took a 78-77 lead on Ginobili's 3-pointer with 8:09 to play. But Stoudemire was fouled on a layup for a three-point play and Barbosa added a 3-pointer to give the Suns an 83-78 lead.

San Antonio closed to 85-84 when Parker hit a long jumper with 5:22 to go. But Diaw scored four points and Barbosa added his second 3-pointer to key a 10-2 run and put Phoenix ahead 95-85 with 2:22 remaining.

Earlier in the day, Stoudemire, Nash and Shawn Marion were added to the All-Star team as reserves.

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