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NBA: Wade fuels Heat to clinch rare victory over Orlando Magic

AFP AND AP , MIAMI

Dwyane Wade collected 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists on Saturday to lift the Miami Heat to a 103-97 National Basketball Association victory over the Orlando Magic.

It was a rare win for the Heat over their Florida rivals Orlando, who had won the last 10 meetings between the two.

Rookie Mario Chalmers added 20 points for the Heat, who beat the Magic for the first time since Feb. 15, 2006.

Miami used a 13-2 run to close out the third quarter and take a 83-68 lead into the final period.

Chris Quinn hit two three-pointers and Mark Blount added one of his own during the run, but Orlando did not go quietly.

Wade converted a three-point play to give Miami a 92-85 lead in the fourth quarter, but Orlando responded with a 9-2 scoring run to tie the game at 94-94 with less than three minutes to play.

Udonis Haslem stepped up for the Heat, making back-to-back shots to break the tie, and Chalmers stole the ball from Jameer Nelson in the waning seconds to secure the victory.

Wade, the NBA’s leading scorer, hit 11-of-21 shots from the floor as the Heat rebounded from a 98-83 loss to Boston on Wednesday.

The Magic lost for the second time in as many games following a seven-game winning streak. They dropped a 90-80 decision to Boston on Friday.

Dwight Howard, who leads the NBA in rebounding, scored 22 points with 10 rebounds for the Magic.

He was ejected from the game with 1.1 seconds left after picking up his second technical foul for arguing a call.

CAVALIERS 102, JAZZ 97

At Salt Lake City, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled level for the NBA’s best record on Saturday with a victory over the Utah Jazz in which LeBron James finished just one assist short of a triple double.

Cleveland’s third straight win moved the Cavs level with the Los Angeles Lakers on a .810 win percentage.

James scored 33 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and had nine assists.

76ERS 116, KNICKS 110

In Philadelphia, the hosts welcomed the return of Elton Brand to the lineup with a win over New York.

Brand, who missed 16 games after dislocating his right shoulder, had six points in just 13 minutes play off the bench.

Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Andre Miller added 21 for the Sixers, who won for the eighth time in nine games to finally get square with a 21-21 record.

In Saturday’s other games it was:

• Trail Blazers 100, Wizards 87

• Bucks 106, Kings 104

• Nets 99, Grizzlies 88

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