Wade hot in Mi­ami

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY -

FOR 13 years, Dwyane Wade made plenty of what the Mi­ami Heat call “win­ning plays”.

He made an­other one on Thurs­day, only the Heat didn’t en­joy this one.

Wade turned a de­bated foul call into two big free throws with 13.7 sec­onds re­main­ing, help­ing the Chicago Bulls hang on for a 98-95 win and en­sur­ing that his re­turn to the arena he called home for 13 sea­sons would be a win­ning one.

It was Wade’s first time fac­ing the Heat as an op­po­nent, and af­ter­ward, he seemed more than a lit­tle re­lieved that this was over.

“I can only imag­ine what he was go­ing through to­day,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “A lot of emo­tions com­ing back here.”


Chicago were up 94-92 when Wade got the call that went against Mi­ami’s Jus­tise Winslow, a foul along the side­line on an in­bounds pass where it ap­peared that the 12-time All-Star may have em­bel­lished a bit for ef­fect. If he did, it worked. “If it was last year, he got pushed out of bounds,” a smil­ing Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra said. “This year? He’s sell­ing it.”

Jimmy But­ler scored 20 points and Ra­jon Rondo fin­ished with 16 points and 12 as­sists for the Bulls. Robin Lopez had 16 for Chicago, and Wade scored 13 on 5 for 17 shoot­ing.

“I thought I’d shoot bet­ter, since I’ve been know­ing these rims for a while,” Wade said.

But he made the two big free throws when it counted most and ac­knowl­edged af­ter­ward that he might have got a break. “I got the vet call,” Wade said. Robin Lopez had 16 points for Chicago, who pre­vailed in a game that had 14 ties and 19 lead changes. Doug McDer­mott scored 13 for the Bulls, and Nikola Mirotic added 10.

Has­san White­side led Mi­ami with 20 points and 20 re­bounds. Dion Waiters and Josh Richard­son each scored 16 for the Heat, who lost point guard Go­ran Dragic to a sprained left an­kle in the third quar­ter.

At Den­ver, Stephen Curry scored 33 points as Golden State beat Den­ver 125-101 on a night Kevin Du­rant’s string of 72 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games with at least 20 points ended.

Du­rant fin­ished with 18 points and re­mained tied with Michael Jor­dan for the fourth-long­est streak of 20 or more points in league his­tory.

The Pelicans beat the Bucks 112-106, with An­thony Davis hit­ting a pair of free throws with 12 sec­onds left and fin­ish­ing with 32 points, and the Lak­ers had a 101-91 win over the Kings.


Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade puts his hand over his heart as he ac­knowl­edges a video trib­ute to his time as a Mi­ami Heat player, dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game against the Heat on Thurs­day night.

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