Wade will try to maintain his hot hand as the Heat go for their ninth win in 10 games in a matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The second-year point guard struggled in Monday’s 105-96 win over Golden State, failing to score in the first 18 minutes before finishing with 18 points on 5-for-18 shooting with eight turnovers and just three assists.
He bounced back in New York on Wednesday, tying a franchise record with 10 points in overtime and finishing with 30 points, six assists and six rebounds in a 116-110 victory over the Knicks.
Wade made the most dazzling play of the night in the extra period. He dribbled the ball between his legs three times before darting around Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury for a layup that gave Miami a 105-99 lead that New York never recovered from.
“He tried to force me to go to the big man, so I attacked the big man,” said Wade, who was 10-for-22 from the floor after missing 29 of 47 attempts the previous three games. “I think I scored on that play.”
Damon Jones added a season-high 24 points and Shaquille O’Neal had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which topped 100 points for the eighth straight game and improved to 4-2 in overtime contests this season.
With a home matchup against San Antonio looming Sunday, the East-leading Heat will be trying to maintain their momentum going into the showdown with the Spurs, tied with Phoenix for the NBA’s best record at 39-11. San Antonio has been without Tim Duncan the last two games, but the All-Star forward should be recovered from a sprained ankle by Sunday.
The Bobcats suffered their fourth straight loss and 15th in 17 games Wednesday night, 94-87 at Indiana.
Trailing 81-67 early in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats cut the lead to 86-79 with 4:20 remaining. Two straight baskets by point guard Brevin Knight made it 92-87 with 11.8 seconds left, but Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal broke free for an open dunk to seal the victory.
“We are never going to give up,” Brezec said. “If you watch our games, you know we never give up. We made a good run, but you can’t play a game for 24 minutes.”
Okafor, who leads Charlotte with 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, was due to come off the injured list after Wednesday’s game, but his sprained ankle may not have healed enough for him to play Friday.
Charlotte, 1-4 without Okafor, lost 113-90 at Miami on Jan. 1 in the first-ever meeting between the teams. That victory was Miami’s franchise-record 14th straight.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 9): Heat - 1st place, Southeast Division. Bobcats - 4th place, 24 1/2 GB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Heat - Wade, 23.6 ppg and 7.2 apg; O’Neal, 10.7 rpg. Bobcats - Okafor, 14.9 ppg and 11.1 rpg; Knight, 8.9 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Heat, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 1; Heat, 113-90. At Miami, Wade had 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting to go with nine assists to lead the Heat. Okafor posted his 19th consecutive double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Heat - 17-9 on the road. Bobcats - 8-14 at home.