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NBA: Wade hits 23 for Heat to beat Nets

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

Milwaukee Bucks center Dan Gadzuric (50) slam dunks between the Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford (15), Josh Childress, Shelden Williams (33) and Anthony Johnson (8) during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, Penny Hardaway added 16 in his best game since returning to the NBA, and the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 91-87 on Saturday for their second victory of the season.

Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points for the Heat, who snapped a three-game skid and sent the Nets to their fifth straight loss. Hardaway was 6-of-6 from the field, making three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Wade was only 4-for-17 from the floor in his third game of the season, but made 15 of 20 free throws before a clinching jumper in the final second.

Rookie Sean Williams scored a season-high 22 points in his first career start for the Nets, playing without injured All-Star Vince Carter. Jason Kidd had 16 points and 15 assists, but the Nets couldn't overcome a season-high 27 turnovers.

Mavericks 108, Grizzlies 105

At Dallas, Josh Howard matched his season high with 27 points, six during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and Dallas remained unbeaten at home.

Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points, including two critical free throws with eight seconds left, and Devin Harris had 19 points and eight assists to help the Mavericks remain perfect in five home games.

Mike Miller's 23 points, Hakim Warrick's 17 and Pau Gasol's 15 paced the Grizzlies, who've lost three in a row.

Pacers 117, Jazz 97

At Indianapolis, Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points, and Indiana snapped a six-game losing streak.

Danny Granger had 19 points and Jamaal Tinsley had eight points and 13 assists for the Pacers.

Marquis Daniels scored 17 points for Indiana after sitting out Friday's loss at Toronto with a sore left knee, and Shawne Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 19 points and Andrei Kirilenko added 12. They were the only Utah players to reach double figures in a game the Jazz never led.

Hornets 100, Timberwolves 82

At Minneapolis, Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points, Morris Peterson had 18 and New Orleans beat Minnesota for a fifth straight win.

Playing without injured star point guard Chris Paul, the Hornets found other ways to key their offense and extended their franchise-best start to 9-2.

Suns 115, Rockets 105

At Houston, Steve Nash had 19 points and 15 assists and Phoenix earned its fifth straight win.

Leandro Barbosa and Amare Stoudemire had 21 points apiece for the sharp-shooting Suns, who've won seven of the past eight meetings with Houston. Phoenix shot 62 percent (43-of-69) and went 10-for-19 from 3-point range to improve to 8-2, its best start since 2004-05.

Mike James scored 17 in place of Tracy McGrady, who missed his second straight game because of a sprained right elbow.

Bucks 105, Hawks 96

At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd each scored 21 points to lead Milwaukee over Atlanta, extending the Hawks' road losing streak to 17 games.

Atlanta's Josh Smith, who missed the game against Seattle with a left quadriceps strain, started at center against the Bucks and scored a career-high 38 points for the Hawks.

Joe Johnson added 14 for the Hawks, who have lost four of five and are 0-4 on the road this season.

In other games, it was:

* Bobcats 100, SuperSonics 84

* Wizards 109, Trail Blazers 90

* Nuggets 115, Knicks 83

* Bulls 92, Clippers 73

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