Wade beats buzzer, Heat top Pacers in OT

LeBron James took over at the end of regulation. Chris Bosh tied the game in overtime. And Dwyane Wade provided the exclamation point, moments before the power was knocked out at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade (3) and LeBron James leap in the air to celebrate the Heat's 93-91 overtime win over the Pacers in Miami. Net Photo.
Dwyane Wade (3) and LeBron James leap in the air to celebrate the Heat's 93-91 overtime win over the Pacers in Miami. Net Photo.

NBA results

Wizards    99-110   Trailblazers            

Miami Heat    93-91   Indiana Pacers   

Detroit Pistons    105-86   Toronto Raptors   

Chicago Bulls    111-97 Utah Jazz  

Thunder    122-95   Bobcats

Timberwolves     89-95 Hornets           

 Nets    106-112   Rockets            

Suns    98-91   Grizzlies       

Warriors    111-87  Mavericks

LeBron James took over at the end of regulation. Chris Bosh tied the game in overtime. And Dwyane Wade provided the exclamation point, moments before the power was knocked out at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami’s “Big Three” was big time.

And the Heat needed every one of their clutch plays.

Wade’s jumper with 0.1 seconds left gave the Heat a 93-91 win against the Indiana Pacers, a game where James scored his team’s last eight points of regulation to lead a wild comeback and that omnipresent question — “So who takes the big shots for Miami at crunch time?” — had three answers.

“Who’s going to take the last shot? Whoever’s open,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that’s the point. We have a lot of weapons. We’re at our best when you’re not necessarily sure where that shot is coming from.”

Wade scored 28 points, James added 27 and Bosh had 13 for the Heat, who extended their home-court winning streak to 12 games and remained tied in the loss column with Chicago and Oklahoma City in the race for the NBA’s best record.

Over the final 18:18 of play, Miami led for just 12.2 seconds.

“We should have won the game,” said Danny Granger, who led the Pacers with 19 points. “The game should have never gotten to overtime. We had them beat.”

Miami trailed by three late in regulation and the Heat had missed 20 of their last 21 3-point attempts over parts of its last three games. Undeterred, James hit one from the corner to tie it, then took over on the defensive end, swarming Darren Collison so much that the Pacers’ guard couldn’t even get a pass off, much less a potential winning shot.

To overtime they went, and it seemed as if Miami’s end-of-regulation effort would be wasted.

Granger’s runner with 2:01 left in the extra session gave Indiana a 91-86 lead. The Pacers — who were blown out in their first two matchups with Miami this season — didn’t score again.

James made another 3-pointer to start Miami’s OT rally, Bosh tied it with a jumper with 1:03 left to play, and an offensive rebound off a missed 3 by James gave Miami the ball and a chance to take the last shot of the extra period.

“Tie game, we’re either going to go another overtime or we’re going to win this game,” Wade said.

 

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