NBA roundup: Dwyane Wade hits another game-winning shot

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31 2011 12:14 a.m. MST

MINNEAPOLIS — Dwyane Wade hit a jumper from the wing, then scored on an inbounds pass from LeBron James with 4.6 seconds to play to lift the undefeated Miami Heat to a 103-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Playing on a sore foot, Wade finished with 19 points, while James had 34 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on his 27th birthday.

Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love had 25 points and 12 boards for the Timberwolves, who led 100-99 with 55 seconds to play.

But Wade hit a jumper and then lost Rubio on an inbounds play to make the winning bucket, one game after beating the Charlotte Bobcats with a last-second shot.

CELTICS 96, PISTONS 85: At Boston, Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points as he and Boston ended a dismal start to their season by beating Detroit in their home opener.

O'Neal, who played passively in totaling just eight points in the first three games, all losses, was aggressive throughout. He had 10 points in the first half, which ended with Boston on top 50-43. Then he scored seven in the third quarter when the Celtics outscored the Pistons 36-21 to take an 86-64 lead.

Ray Allen and Brandon Bass added 17 points apiece for Boston and Paul Pierce had 12 in his debut after being sidelined with a bruised right heel. O'Neal, injured much of last season, his first with the Celtics, had seven rebounds.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Austin Daye scored 11 for Detroit, which fell to 0-3.

MAVERICKS 99, RAPTORS 86: At Dallas, reserve center Ian Mahinmi scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18, and reigning NBA champion Dallas rallied for its first victory of the season.

Jason Terry added 10 of his 17 points in the final quarter for the Mavericks (1-3), who hadn't started 0-4 since the 2006-07 season.

The last defending NBA champs to open a season at 0-4 were the 1969-70 Boston Celtics.

Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points and Leandro Barbosa had 20 for the Raptors, 1-2 under first-year coach Dwane Casey, Dallas' top assistant and defensive architect last season.

GRIZZLIES 113, ROCKETS 93: At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 23 points, Marc Gasol added 20, and Memphis earned its first victory of the season.

Randolph shot 11 of 14 and grabbed nine rebounds. Gasol and Rudy Gay, who finished with 10 points, each had eight boards as Memphis outrebounded the Rockets 42-33.

Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 21 points, while Kyle Lowry had 15 points and eight assists. Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, all in the fourth quarter.

Memphis shot 56 percent and forced 20 Houston turnovers.

SUNS 93, HORNETS 78: At New Orleans, Hakim Warrick scored 18 points in a reserve role, and Phoenix won for the first time this young season while handing the New Orleans Hornets its first loss.

Channing Frye added 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Suns, who had opened the season with two losses, one to New Orleans in their home opener Monday night. Jared Dudley added 16 points, while Steve Nash dished out 12 assists.

Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon missed a second straight game with a bruised right knee, and this time New Orleans could not compensate for the prolific scorer's absence.

Carl Landry led New Orleans with 17 points, while Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 16 rebounds, but the Hornets shot only 29 percent (26 of 90).

PACERS 98, CAVALIERS 91 (OT): At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored nine of his 22 points in overtime to help Indiana beat Cleveland.

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