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NBA: Heat defeat Nets by 5 in overtime


Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and made three key blocks in the closing minutes as the Miami Heat overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 101-96 in overtime in the NBA on Saturday.

Wade did it all in the Heat’s biggest comeback victory of the season.

The superstar went up high for two blocks on seven-footer Brook Lopez, including one in overtime, and swatted a jumper by Vince Carter into the stands in the final minute of regulation. Wade’s 3-point play with 37.2 seconds left in overtime stretched Miami’s lead to 96-88.

Trailing by 16 points in the first quarter, the Heat rode a season-high 19 points from Yakhouba Diawara and 17 points from Michael Beasley. Miami’s biggest previous comeback was from 15 down against Indiana on Dec. 22.

Keyon Dooling had 23 points, and Carter had 20 for the Nets.


At Atlanta, Mike Bibby made a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining, and Josh Smith scored a season-high 29 points for Atlanta.

Joe Johnson had a season-high 14 assists, the last when he drove from the perimeter and into the left side of the lane before passing to Bibby for the winner.

The Hawks won their sixth straight at home, improving to 15-2 this season at Philips Arena.

Reserve Carl Landry scored 18 points, and Yao Ming had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Houston, which has dropped two straight and five of seven.


At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter in Indiana’s second straight victory.

Kevin Martin led Sacramento with a season-high 45 points, making 13 of 24 shots and a career-high seven 3-pointers. The Kings are 1-8 in their last nine games.

In other games, it was:

• Bobcats 102, Bucks 92

• Spurs 108, 76ers 106

• Timberwolves 102, Bulls 92

• Nuggets 105, Hornets 100

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