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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Warriors shock Heat
Wright shines as Golden State spoils Wade's return
OAKLAND, California — Dorell Wright had been off to a quiet start this season, reverting back to the form that forced the Miami Heat to part ways with the forward last summer and land LeBron James in his place.
A visit from his former franchise provided the spark the Golden State Warriors have been waiting for.
Wright scored 20 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers, including a tying shot late in regulation, and the short-handed Warriors rallied from 17 down to spoil Dwyane Wade's return with a 111-106 overtime victory on Tuesday night.
"I had a feeling tonight would be the night," Wright said. "It couldn't have gotten any worse."
The former Miami forward also converted a go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period, ending Golden State's five-game losing streak. Wright, who spent six years in Miami after being drafted 19th overall out of high school in 2004, also finished with 10 rebounds.
"Heck yeah I care, I was there six years," he said. "It's your old team, you want to beat them."
Wright beat back one of his best buddies in the process.
Wade scored a season-high 34 points after missing the last three games with a bruised left foot, but missed shots late in regulation and overtime. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before missing a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime.
With Miami's three-game winning streak over, Wade sounded adamant that he wants to play Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers and quickly brush off this swift and stunning defeat.
"I did feel like I had a layoff but it was good to get back on the court," Wade said. "I just tried to be aggressive early. That's the only way you're going to know how you're feeling. Just came out with an aggressive mind-set."
Bulls 111, Timberwolves 100
In Minneapolis, Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points and had 11 assists to outlast Ricky Rubio in a thrilling duel.
Mavericks 100, Pistons 86
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, and Dallas reached the .500 mark by routing Detroit.
76ers 112, Kings 85
In Philadelphia, Elton Brand had a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Thunder 100, Grizzlies 95
In Memphis, Russell Westbrook scored 30 points and Kevin Durant added 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Wizards 93, Raptors 78
In Washington, Rashard Lewis and Nick Young each had 15 points to lead the Wizards to their first win after eight straight losses.
Rockets 82, Bobcats 70
In Charlotte, rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Kevin Martin added 17 points.
Lakers 99, Suns 83
In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 48 points, his fifth straight game with 25 or more.
Bucks 106, Spurs 103
In Milwaukee, the Bucks got a big lift from the return of center Andrew Bogut, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds after missing four games to return home to Australia for an undisclosed personal issue.
Trail Blazers 105, Clippers 97
In Portland, Gerald Wallace scored 20 points, making a key 3-pointer with two minutes left.
Jazz 113, Cavaliers 105
In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored a season-high 30 points and Paul Millsap added 19.