MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade took over just in time for the Miami
Wade scored Miami's final eight points in the fourth quarter,
and James Posey and Gary Payton each hit a key 3-pointer in
overtime to help the Heat rally past the New Orleans Hornets
109-102 on Tuesday night.
Wade, who started the night 3-of-16, finished with 25 points and
10 assists. But it was his play down the stretch during regulation
that gave the Heat a chance to win their third straight game
without injured center Shaquille O'Neal.
With Miami trailing 90-83 with 1:59 left, Wade scored the final
seven points, including a tying jumper with 35 seconds remaining to
force overtime at 90-all.
"I knew it wasn't my might, but as a player, you're going to go
through nights like that," said Wade, who made four of his final
five shots. "I have a lot of confidence in my ability, but my
teammates and coaches do, too."
Posey started overtime with a 3 -- his first points of the game --
and Payton followed with another as Miami opened a 96-90 lead to
take command. Posey knocked down another 3-pointer as Miami built a
101-94 cushion with 1:43 remaining.
"I'm not really sure how we won the game," Miami coach Stan
Van Gundy said. "It was a crazy game because they totally
outplayed us and outworked us. We didn't do much well tonight
except shoot free throws and take care of the ball."
The Hornets lost their third straight, but not without giving
the Heat a scare.
"We have to learn how to win, how to keep playing and keep
fighting," coach Byron Scott said. "In the last two or three
minutes of the game, somebody has to step up and say, 'We're not
going to lose this game."
P.J. Brown's three-point play capped a 10-2 spurt, putting New
Orleans ahead 87-80 with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter.
A short jumper by Brown gave the Hornets a 90-83 lead before
Wade took over. During that stretch, he had an outside jumper, a
three-point play and another jumper from the top of the key to tie
"We did everything but close them out in the fourth quarter,"
Brown said. "They have a special player, and we all know who that
is. He made shots that nobody else can make."
Brown, who spent four seasons with the Heat, scored a
season-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds after learning
earlier in the day that his mother-in-law had passed away.
"He had a rough morning," Scott said. "I didn't know whether
he was going to play or not. I wouldn't have blamed him if he said
that he couldn't play, but, being the professional that he is, he
came out and had an unbelievable performance."
Following a miss by David West, the Heat had the final
possession, but Wade's shot from beyond the top of the key bounced
out as time expired.
The Hornets trailed 42-41 at halftime and 62-59 late in the
third period before closing with a flurry behind Bostjan Nachbar,
who nailed a 3-pointer and a short hook to help New Orleans build a
69-66 lead entering the fourth.
The Heat were playing their sixth straight game without O'Neal,
out with a sprained right ankle.
West scored a career-high 16 points for the Hornets. Chris Paul
also scored 16 to go along with 10 assists.
"We hung in there," Van Gundy said. "It was a frustrating
evening, but we managed to get a win. I seriously don't have any
idea how we won."
G Kirk Snyder started his first game of the year for the
Hornets and scored seven points in 12 minutes. Snyder started in
place of J.R. Smith, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. ...
Former Heat F Rasual Butler scored two points in 15 minutes. ...
Brown had his third double-double of the season. ... Miami had 11
turnovers after committing a season-high 27 on Saturday against
Charlotte. ... The Heat have won 51 of their past 58 home games
dating to the 2003-04 season. ... In a bizarre sequence in the
second quarter, Payton and Scott were called for technical fouls
after jawing while Desmond Mason stood at the foul line.