WINSLOW LEADS HEAT TO VIC­TORY

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DAVID WIL­SON db­wil­[email protected]­ami­her­ald.com

Jus­tise Winslow rode a fast start to a 26-point day, lead­ing the Mi­ami Heat to a 112-108 win over the vis­it­ing Mem­phis Griz­zlies.

Dwyane Wade wagged his fin­ger and then stepped to the freethrow line for one last jump ball against Shelvin Mack.

It prob­a­bly wasn’t the sort of game-win­ning play Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra ex­pected from his fu­ture Hall of Famer, Wade does have quite a his­tory of de­fend­ing around the rim. With four sec­onds left, Tem­ple be­came his lat­est vic­tim, as Wade snuffed out a base­line drive, forced a tie-up, then won a jump ball to seal the Mi­ami Heat’s 112-108 win against the Mem­phis Griz­zlies on Satur­day at Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena.

Wade was one of seven Heat play­ers to fin­ish in dou­ble fig­ures with 10 points. His most im­por­tant play, how­ever, was his one block af­ter Spoel­stra trusted him to close out the game.

Mi­ami’s lead had van­ished with less than a minute left. Once lead­ing by 13, the Heat (21-20) needed to out­last the Griz­zlies (19-23) in the fi­nal minute pull out the win in front of 19,600. With 55.9 sec­onds left, Spoel­stra called on his most ex­pe­ri­enced closer. It didn’t mat­ter that Jus­tise Winslow had a game-high 26 points and it didn’t mat­ter that Wade is 37. The coach wanted Wade to take the fi­nal shot.

The guard pulled up from the top of the key and left his jumper short, but Josh Richard­son was in the right place to grab the re­bound. Mem­phis fouled the combo guard, who hit one free throw, then Wade de­nied Mack his chance to tie the score.

The op­por­tu­nity was only there be­cause of Winslow’s fan­tas­tic start. The point for­ward scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, al­though he failed to score in the fourth quar­ter. Richard­son fin­ished with 13 points and a ca­reer­high nine as­sists, and guard Tyler John­son added an­other 14.

AL DIAZ [email protected]­ami­her­ald.com

Heat for­ward Jus­tise Winslow drives for a layup against Griz­zlies guard Gar­rett Tem­ple in the sec­ond quar­ter at Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena. Winslow scored 26 points with seven re­bounds and four as­sists.

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