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Posted on: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wade lights fire in Heat's victory


Associated Press

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Dwyane Wade

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MIAMI Dwyane Wade slipped behind the Atlanta defense to catch long passes on back-to-back breakaways, then climbed several rows into the stands and clapped as Miami Heat fans roared.

So it would be wrong to say Wade did everything last night but lead cheers.

Wade scored 38 points, added 10 assists and was part of a late defensive stand that helped the short-handed Heat rally past the Hawks, 100-94.

"That might have been his most efficient game of the season," coach Erik Spoelstra said.

With a confrontation during a second-half timeout, Wade even inspired a big fourth quarter by Michael Beasley, who emerged from a slump to score 22 points.

"He punched me in the chest," Beasley said, "and he was yelling, 'I need you. No more feeling sorry for yourself.' "

Beasley scored 14 points in the final period, including seven in a row in the last two minutes to put the Heat ahead to stay.

NOTES

Pistons' Stuckey doing well: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey seems to be OK after collapsing on the bench Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "He's doing well," Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander told The Associated Press. "All the tests have come back negative." Stuckey spent the night at the Cleveland Clinic for observation.

LeBron sits in Cavs' loss: LeBron James got a night off for the first time this season, then watched as host Milwaukee beat his Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-85. Cavaliers coach Mike Brown called it "just a coach's decision" to keep James out. James had 40 points and 13 rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the Pistons Friday night, but also turned his right ankle slightly.

Spurs' Parker breaks hand: San Antonio guard Tony Parker left last night's game against host Memphis with a broken bone in his right hand and could miss six weeks. The injury apparently occurred during a scramble for the ball just before the end of the first half of the Spurs' 102-92 victory.