Wade dominates but Beasley powers Heat past WarriorsDec 2, 2008 - 7:46 AM By Ryan Leong PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade had no trouble adding to his NBA-leading scoring average against the worst defensive team in the league, but it took clutch shooting by Chris Quinn and rookie Michael Beasley to come away with a hard fought overtime win.
Wade scored 37 points as the Miami Heat claimed a 130-129 victory against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
The 26-year-old Wade entered the game averaging 28.2 points and surpassed those numbers with ease against the Warriors, who are surrendering an NBA-worst 109.1 points a game.
"It was very significant," Wade said of the win. "This is a tough game to come back and play after losing the other night (to the Los Angeles Clippers) and taking so much energy out of you to come back and play against a team that keeps going and keeps going.
"But our team grew up in this game. I think a lot our young guys did a really good job."
Despite another stellar effort from Wade, it was Quinn and Beasley who powered the Heat to their second win in five games.
With Miami trailing, 129-126, with 13 seconds remaining in overtime, Quinn nailed his lone 3-pointer from the corner to tie the score with seven seconds left to play.
"I'm really glad I hit the shot (because) I had a turnover and that's not something I do a lot of," Quinn said. "I'm just happy I could redeem myself and help our team get a win.
"It's good for us to step up and help Dwyane pull out a game at the end. Dwyane puts us on his back enough and obviously he did some of that tonight. But, for some of us to help him step up and knock down some shots and make some big plays, helps."
Beasley, who finished with 19 points, then stole the inbounds pass, drove to the net and was fouled. He hit the first free throw before badly missing the second, giving the Heat a slim 130-129 edge.
"Honestly I really don't remember (the sequence), the last thing I remember, I'm running down the court trying to get my own rebound," Beasley said. "It was good to get a win like this, especially on the road when you've got to gut it out. That just gives us so much confidence for our next road game."
Jamal Crawford, who poured in 40 points in his first game at Oracle Arena since being acquired form the New York Knicks on November 21, missed a running jumper as time expired and Golden State suffered its seventh straight loss.
"It's tough, honestly. Forty (points) doesn't even matter to me," Crawford said. "If we'd won the game, I'd feel so much better but right now, its a tough, tough loss and we've got to somehow bounce back from it.
"I have the last shot to win it and, from what I hear, it hit the rim and rolled to the other side and went out so anything that could have went wrong did. I guess we weren't meant to win it tonight."
Corey Maggette finished with 29 points and hit the second of a pair of free throws to give Golden State a 115-113 lead with 1:12 left to play in the fourth quarter.
After a pair of empty possessions for both teams, Wade took a desperation three with the shot clock winding down, but the Warriors failed to come up with the ball as Ronny Turiaf fought with Beasley and knocked the ball out of bounds.
Following a timeout with 7.8 seconds to go, Wade passed the ball to Beasley, who missed a baseline jumper. But, Udonis Haslem grabbed the rebound and his follow shot narrowly beat the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
"It happened so fast I just got it and went back up with it," Haslem said. "I really kind of forgot that time was running out, I just had an open layup.
"(The victory is) a big step but the key is to win two in a row and try to roll up a little bit."
GOLDEN STATE 129 FINAL IN 1ST OT
Dec 2 1:30 AM
GOLDEN STATE 115 END OF 4TH QTR GOING INTO OVERTIME
Dec 2 1:08 AM
GOLDEN STATE 94 END, 3RD QTR
Dec 2 12:36 AM
GOLDEN STATE 64 HALFTIME
Dec 1 11:43 PM
GOLDEN STATE 27 END, 1ST QTR
Dec 1 11:06 PM
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