MIAMI, Nov. 19 (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade
made his free throws when it
counted most, then made sure that it didn't go to waste in
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Wade scored 23 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth
quarter and overtime, including the game-winning shot at the
buzzer, as the Miami Heat posted a thrilling 107-105 victory
over the Utah Jazz.
The Heat had made just 44 percent (16-of-36) of their free
throws until Wade made two with one second remaining to tie the
score, 90-90, and send the game into overtime.
"Those were actually tougher than the shot at the end because
you're feeling to pressure to make both or you lose the game,"
Miami opened a 101-95 lead with just over two minutes to play in
the extra period before Carlos Arroyo
made four free throws to
draw Utah within two with 1:19 left.
After two free throws by Wade, Carlos Boozer
converted a layup
and Arroyo made two more from the line to make it 105-105 with
4.5 seconds on the clock.
That set the stage for Wade, whose jumper from the top of the
key rattled around the rim before falling through as time
"I watched the ball play with my emotions before it finally
rolled in. It seemed like forever," Wade said. "I had a lot of
confidence and knew I was going to get the last shot, and it was
up to me to make it happen."
"We gave him the ball and he went to work," Miami coach Stan Van
Gundy said. "That's just a quality shot from a quality player."
Utah coach Jerry Sloan said the right player had the ball for
the Heat with the game on the line.
"Wade is a great player and whoever guards him is going to have
to try and stay in front of him," Sloan said. "The kid stepped
up and made a great shot. That is what great players do."
Arroyo made all 12 of his free throws - including 10 in the
final minute of regulation and overtime - and scored 18 while
Boozer added 25 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jazz, who lost
despite outrebounding the Heat, 52-41.
"I stepped up when it counted, but unfortunately it didn't
result in a win," Arroyo said. "We needed to score and we found
it at the free-throw line. That's what kept us in the game."
Utah fell to 5-1 when outrebounding its opponent.
The Heat made up for their poor rebounding by committing just
eight turnovers in 53 minutes.
"That really jumped out a me," Van Gundy said. "You keep those
down and you give yourself a shot."
had 22 points and 11 rebounds but was just
2-of-10 from the line before fouling out with just over a minute
to go in overtime.
"That was just a great shot by (Wade) at the end," O'Neal said.
"He told me during the timeout that he was going to get it done
and he did."
Miami made six of its final eight from the line but still sank
just 50 percent (22-of-44) from the stripe.
"Ouch," said guard Eddie Jones
, whose 3-pointer with 3:27 left
in the fourth quarter gave the Heat their first lead, 79-77,
since the first quarter. "But you know what? You have those
nights. We still won the game."
Jones just shook his head over Wade's heroics.
"He's just an incredible player who keeps making incredible
shots," Jones said. "He's lights-out in that situation,