Heat 93, Trail Blazers 90
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Although Dwyane Wade said he was sluggish after his four-game layoff, he didn’t really show it.
Wade, who had 25 points in the first half, helped Miami rally from a 16-point deficit and snap a five-game losing streak.
“It was good to come out and give my teammates some confidence and pull out a win,” he said.
The Heat closed to 81-79 on Wade’s dunk, before Jason Kapono hit a 3-pointer that gave Miami its first lead of the second half, 82-81.
Zach Randolph’s jumper with 2:19 left gave the Blazers the lead back, but after a Portland free throw, Kapono again hit a 3-pointer to make it 85-84 for Miami.
Randolph hit another jumper, but Alonzo Mourning answered with a hook shot and Wade dunked to make it 89-86.
Wade made another pair of free throws for the final margin. Brandon Roy’s 3-point attempt for the Blazers at the buzzer fell short.
Roy led the Blazers with 18 points.
“They already knew the play. They read it,” Roy shrugged.
Wade, who was the league’s fourth-leading scorer, hadn’t played since getting knocked out of a loss at Chicago on Dec. 27.
“I could tell I was off for 10 days. I got a little tired,” he said.
The Heat are still without Shaquille O’Neal, Antoine Walker and James Posey. Before Miami coach Pat Riley took a leave of absence earlier this week and had knee surgery, he deactivated Walker and Posey after they missed their body-fat requirements by 1 percent.
Riley said that if Walker and Posey don’t meet the requirements by Jan. 15, they could be suspended.
Ron Rothstein is filling in as the Miami coach.
The Blazers went up 30-22 on Martell Webster’s 3-pointer as the first quarter drew to a close and led by as many as 14 points in the first half.
The Heat closed to 56-52 on Wade’s long jumper, but Portland went on to a 60-52 halftime lead.
The Blazers extended their lead to 73-59 on Jarrett Jack’s 3-pointer in the third quarter.
After 60 points in the first half, the Blazers got only 30 in the second, and 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Surprisingly, Randolph was hardly a factor at all. The team’s top scorer and rebounder had just six points and no rebounds after the first half. He finished with 15 points and three boards.
Kapono had 19 points for Miami, 10 in the fourth quarter.
“I told him at the end of the third quarter that I wanted him to be aggressive, like he was when I was out,” Wade said. “He’s one of the best shooters there is in the NBA.”
The Blazers were without forward Travis Outlaw, who missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle.
Portland was coming off a 110-105 overtime win at Sacramento the night before that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Wade, who played 41 minutes, made 15 of 17 free throws.
“Dwyane Wade, of course, was the big difference,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “Not only is he hard to defend, but he gets to the free throw line.”
Joked Rothstein: “That Wade kid, I think we’ll keep him.”
The Heat swept the Blazers in two games last season. … Heat center Michael Doleac went to Portland’s Central Catholic High School. Guard Gary Payton went to Oregon State. … Wade was handed a technical for delay of game in the first half. He argued the call to no avail.