Wade sizzles in Heat triumph
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 14 assists, Quentin Richardson scored a season-high 25 and the Miami Heat found a way to overcome a huge effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-111 in overtime Thursday night.
Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points, Jermaine O’Neal scored 13 and Udonis Haslem had 12 for Miami, which won the NBA’s most wildly back-and-forth game all season – with a season-high 31 lead changes.
Bryant scored 39 points, including the overtime-forcing jumper for the Lakers, who got 14 points from Derek Fisher and 13 points from Lamar Odom.
It still wasn’t enough, as the Heat was 4 for 4 from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line in overtime.
Grizzlies 105, Bulls 96
CHICAGO – Zach Randolph scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a big first-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls.
After trailing by 17 in the second quarter, the Grizzlies tied it in the third and finally took control with an 8-0 run late in the fourth that gave them a 97-90 lead.
O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the final quarter. Rudy Gay finished with 17 points as the Grizzlies extended their franchise-record road win streak to six and sent Chicago to its third straight loss.
The Bulls wasted solid performances by Luol Deng (23 points) and Derrick Rose (20 points), who have been playing with sore knees. That didn’t stop Rose, who banged one knee in each of the previous two games, from driving for a poster-worthy right-handed dunk over Randolph in the third quarter.
Jazz 116, Suns 108
PHOENIX – Deron Williams scored 13 of his 27 points during a 41-point fourth quarter, Mehmet Okur added 24 points, and Utah rallied from a 12-point final period deficit to beat the Suns.
The Jazz trailed 98-86 early in the fourth quarter, then reeled off 12 straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Okur to tie the game.
They took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Williams with 1:36 remaining that made it 109-106.
The game was reminiscent of the teams’ first meeting this season when the Jazz came back from a 17-point deficit and defeated the Suns 124-115.
Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Utah.
Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points for the second consecutive game for Phoenix.