Dwyane Wade, in his final NBA season, banked in a straightaway three-pointer as time expired and the Miami Heat wasted a 24-point lead before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 on Wednesday night.
Wade scored 25 points to help Miami snap a six-game home losing streak. Wade took a victory lap, waving a towel as the fans roared. Some of the Warriors watched the replay on the overhead screens with a look of disbelief, and after a moment Stephen Curry came over to offer congratulations after presumably their last head-to-head meeting before Wade retires after this season.
“I told Steph, ‘I needed this one on my way out. Y’all get enough,”’ Wade said. “But it was cool. I think the one thing cool for me was I’ve got younger teammates that heard about some of the things you do but don’t always get an opportunity to see it.”
Curry had 24 points for the Warriors, who are a half-game ahead of Denver for the Western Conference lead.
Elsewhere, LeBron James scored 33 points, Brandon Ingram added 23 and Los Angeles weathered strong performances by Anthony Davis and Julius Randle for a victory over New Orleans. Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds in the first three quarters after getting a warm pregame reception from Lakers fans who eagerly followed Los Angeles’ fruitless pursuit of a trade for the superstar forward earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half and Portland handed Boston their fourth straight loss. Maurice Harkless had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jusef Nurkic scored 16 points, and CJ McCollum finished with 14 points for the Blazers. They have won a season-best five straight.
The struggling Celtics are win-less since the All-Star break. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points to lead Boston. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points for Boston. The Celtics are win-less since the All-Star break.