Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 4th

Hornets 102

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Heat 109

(5-3, 4-1 home)

Coverage: COX

7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2005

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 OT T
NO 21 20 28 21 12102
MIA 24 18 24 24 19109

Top Performers

NO: P. Brown 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Mia: D. Wade 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Wade boosts Heat into OT, Posey and Payton win it

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade took over just in time for the Miami Heat.

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 it.

"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.

Antoine Walker scored 21 points off the bench for Miami, and Jason Williams had 17. Alonzo Mourning added 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Heat.

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."

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 102 109
FGM-FGA 41-93 (.441) 37-84 (.440)
3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 11-26 (.423)
FTM-FTA 16-25 (.640) 24-28 (.857)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-54 8-40
Assists 21 23
Turnovers 15 12
Steals 7 6
Blocks 2 6
Fast Break Points 23 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 20 (3/0)
Largest Lead 7 9

Top Performers

No/oklahoma City
P.J. Brown Brown
Points: 24
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 25
Reb: 4
Ast: 10
Stl: 1
Blk: 1