Wade scores 40 one day after knee procedure to lead Heat
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade scored 40 points one day after having fluid removed from his balky left knee, Udonis Haslem set season highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the undermanned Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 109-102 on Sunday night.
James Ennis matched his season best with 16 points, Mario Chalmers scored 11 and Goran Dragic had 10 for the Heat, who won their fifth consecutive game at home and strengthened their hold on the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff positioning.
Andre Drummond had 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who had won four in a row. Reggie Jackson had 31 points and nine assists.
But the Heat held on, with Wade scoring 19 points — going 11-for-11 from the line — in the fourth quarter.
•RIVERS' SUCCESS CONTINUES: Clippers coach Doc Rivers improved his record against his former team, the Boston Celtics, to 4-0 with his team's 119-106 win in Boston. Los Angeles finished its three-game road trip 3-0.
•WORKING HIS WAY BACK: In his third game back from a right knee injury, Dwight Howard scored 11 points with 10 boards to help the visiting Rockets beat the Wizards 99-91.
•NETS SWEEP: Brooklyn's 107-99 home win over the Lakers helped it sweep the season series for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
•NO STYLE POINTS: The Cavs held on for the 87-86 home win over the 76ers to move 2½ games ahead of Chicago for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
•LEONARD CLOSES: Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 10 boards while shooting 6-for-7 in the fourth quarter to lead the host Spurs to the 103-89 win over the Grizzlies.
•CHANGE OF PACE: The Pacers won for just the second time in their past nine games with their 104-99 win over the visiting Mavs, who were without Monta Ellis because of a lower-right leg injury.
•COMEBACK KIDS: The Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the host Suns 109-97.