By Andrew Medeiros

December 22, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Dwyane Wade edges past Deron Williams for the game-winning buzzer-beater.Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/NBAE
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"You keep hitting it and hitting it and it never gets healed. ... He's back to square one.''

— Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, on the nagging finger injury that knocked Manu Ginobili out of Saturday's game.
NBA.COM'S FANTASY TAKE
Just when we think all is right in San Antonio -- with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the floor at the same time – Ginobili leaves clutching his hand. Parker and Duncan looked solid as the Spurs cruised to a win over the Clippers. Assuming Ginobili’s injury isn’t too serious, fantasy owners should expect a return to steady numbers from the trio. Fantasy Index
SHOOTING STUDS
Chris Bosh, Raptors
122-103 loss at Suns
42 pts, 10-20 FG, 22-24 FT

Yi Jianlian, Bucks
103-99 win vs. Bobcats
29 pts, 14-17 FG, 1-1 FT

Leandro Barbosa, Suns
122-103 win vs. Raptors
31 pts, 12-20 FG, 7-10 3-pt FG

STAT SHEET STUFFER
The Spurs, momentarily at full strength, looked like they were in position to run away with the game against the Clippers, but Los Angeles clawed its way back and Chris Kaman was no small part of that. Kaman is already the leading candidate for Most-Improved Player, leading his team through injuries. On Saturday, Kaman sprayed ink all over the stat page – 20 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and six blocks.
SHOOTING DUDS
Rodney Carney, Sixers
99-97 win at Grizzlies
2 pts, 1-8 FG

Mike Dunleavy, Pacers
93-85 win vs. Wizards
11 pts, 3-13 FG, 1-5 3-pt FG

Antoine Walker, Timberwolves
110-76 loss at Hornets
6 pts, 1-9 FG, 1-7 3-pt FG

WHERE THE GAME-WINNER HAPPENS
Three players made sure that the NBA lived up to the catchphrase, “Where amazing happens,” on Saturday night. A third of the association’s nine games came down to the final minute and a star taking his team’s biggest shot. In Miami, Dwyane Wade relived a three-year-old game winner, again draining the winner over Utah’s Deron Williams. Wade thinks this will start a run. “We can build from here,” he said. Vince Carter has been overshadowed and outplayed by teammates this season, but tonight he rose above them all and nailed a three-pointer with 24.6 seconds on the clock to take the lead. Andre Iguodala told teammates to climb on his back with 17 of his 23 points coming in the final frame, along with a 20-footer as time expired. College Football's bowl season may be upon us, but those finishes were amazing.
UTAH’S STRUGGLES CONTINUE
Maybe it was just bad luck. Maybe they were out hustled by a team – or a superstar – that knows if they don’t start winning they will become irrelevant. However you want to phrase it, it just wasn’t the Jazz’s night on Saturday. Before righting the ship with a win over the Magic on Friday, Utah had lost seven straight on the road and has lost nine of their last eleven. Against the Heat, Carlos Boozer went 4-of-16 from the field for a season-low 10 points. Deron Williams tried to keep the Jazz in it, scoring 22 points and dishing out seven assists to just one turnover. But, in the end, Utah couldn’t stop the Heat. Matt Harpring’s free throws with 46 seconds to go gave the Jazz their first lead of the second half, only to have Daequan Cook respond with a quick three and Dwyane Wade's buzzer-beater draw the front iron, before taking a high bounce and falling through.
ROOKIE WATCH
Every time Kevin Durant makes you think he has the Rookie of the Year Award already in his trophy case, somebody comes along and reminds you of just how talented this rookie class is. On Saturday, that somebody was Yi Jianlian. The 7-footer from China still looks like he is posting up against a chair at times, but not tonight. Yi turned in a career-high 29 points in the win, but it was also how he scored – shooting 14-of-17 on the night.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
CJ Miles came off the bench for the Jazz on Saturday and looked like it was his personal mission to ensure that Utah beat the cellar dwelling Miami Heat. The third-year guard from Skyline High School in Dallas has seen limited action this season, but may see more after a putting in 20 points on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Miles provided the spark in the fourth that carried the Jazz to within seconds of the win, also adding four rebounds and three assists.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
The CJs lead the way tonight. CJ Watson locks up the D-League Star of the Night with a near triple double. Watson lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with 32 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds in a losing effort on the road against the Dakota Wizards. The guard out of Tennessee gives Chris Kaman a run at Stat Sheet Stuffer tonight, also adding three steals and one blocked shot in 47 minutes of action. Maybe if he made the win happen.