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Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

Wade sets tone for Heat

PHOENIX (AP) Dwyane Wade dominated for three quarters, then let his teammates take over and they responded perfectly.

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Looking for help: Sacramento's Tyreke Evans tries to pass against Golden State in the first half on Friday night. AP PHOTO

Wade finished with 33 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, but uncharacteristically had only one point and two assists in the final period. That didn't matter.

With Jermaine O'Neal making a 4.8-meter baseline jumper and two free throws in the final half-minute, the Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105 on Friday night.

"He (O'Neal) was very good down the stretch," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Michael Beasley added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, Dorell Wright scored 15 points and O'Neal finished with 13.

Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns.

Blazers 107, Lakers 98

In Portland, Brandon Roy scored 32 points and the Trail Blazers won their ninth straight at home against Los Angeles with a victory.

Portland owns the NBA's longest home winning streak against the defending champs.

Kobe Bryant had 32 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Wizards 104, Magic 97

In Washington, Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the hosts overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the team's first home game since Gilbert Arenas' suspension.

Hawks 93, Celtics 85

In Atlanta, Jamal Crawford scored 18 points, including two crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks beat Boston for the second time this season.

Paul Pierce scored 21 to lead the Celtics.

Mavericks 112, Spurs 103

In San Antonio, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and Dallas rallied from a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.

Tim Duncan had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs.

Hornets 103, Nets 99

In New Orleans, Chris Paul hit a driving scoop as he was fouled with 7.6 seconds left, and the Hornets narrowly averted a stunning home loss with their fifth straight win.

New Orleans wasted a 15-point lead and trailed 99-98 before Paul capped an 11-point, 18-assist performance by putting his team back up for good. David West added 32 points and 10 rebounds.

Grizzlies 91, Jazz 89

In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and O.J. Mayo hit a 7-meter step-back jumper with 5.2 seconds to help the hosts end an 11-game losing streak to Utah.

Timberwolves 116, Pacers 109

In Minneapolis, Al Jefferson had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Minnesota spoiled Danny Granger's surprise return to Indiana's lineup.

Raptors 108, 76ers 106

In Philadelphia, Chris Bosh made the go-ahead three-point play with 8.4 seconds left, and had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead Toronto.

Bucks 96, Bulls 93

In Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Michael Redd added 24 to lead the Bucks.

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