Warriors beat Heat in OT to spoil Wade's return
MANILA, Philippines -- Dwyane Wade scored 34 points in his return to the Miami Heat's starting line-up after missing three games, but it was not enough as his squad fell to the Golden State Warriors, 111-106, in overtime.
Dorell Wright, who spent six seasons with the Heat, torched his former team with 20 points on the strength of six three-pointers. His three-pointer with 31.2 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 96-all.
The Warriors had a chance to win the game in regulation, but they could not get a shot off as time expired.
A jump shot by Chris Bosh off an assist from LeBron James gave the Heat a 104-102 lead in overtime, but Wright drained his sixth three-pointer of the evening with 1:26 left to give the Warriors back the lead for good.
A turnover by Miami's LeBron James in the ensuing possession led to a slam dunk for Wright on the other end, giving Golden State a 107-104 advantage.
A running jumper by Wade cut the lead to one, but Monta Ellis made a pull-up jumper on the other end to bring the lead back to three points, 109-106.
James failed to tie the game after missing a three-point shot, and Golden State's Nate Robinson iced the game from the charity stripe.
Wright admitted after the game that he was looking forward to facing Miami, one of the pre-season favorites to win the NBA championship this year.
"It's your old team, you want to beat them," he said. Wright also had 10 rebounds to complete his double-double.
Miami led by as much as 17 points in the 3rd quarter, only to see Robinson spark the Warriors' rally in the fourth quarter. The Heat did not help their cause as the scored only 12 points in the fourth period, and made only two of 17 field goal attempts.
Robinson had 24 points off the bench, 15 of which came during the Warriors' rally in the fourth quarter.
"It's great to see Nate Robinson, who people questioned and doubted, succeed... I know he's a fighter, I know he's a competitor. The guy left it on the floor," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said in an NBA.com interview.
James finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, but he was once again silent in the fourth quarter and committed a crucial turnover in the overtime period.
In other games, the Utah Jazz defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-105, behind a season-high 30-points from Al Jefferson.
The Portland Trail Blazers grounded the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-97. Gerald Wallace topscored with 20 points and hit a key three-pointer with two minutes left to put the Blazers ahead by nine, 99-90.