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Wade lifts Heat past Jazz, 104-102

December 23, 2007|From the Associated Press

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade was in the moment, even as his mind drifted back three years.

"Same spot," Wade said. "Same shot."

Same result.

Wade's 20-foot shot bounced off the rim and through the basket at the buzzer Saturday night, giving the Miami Heat a 104-102 victory over the Utah Jazz.

The Heat wasted a 16-point second-half lead and trailed in the final minute, before Wade -- who also made a buzzer-beating winner against the Jazz in Miami on Nov. 19, 2004 -- came through with the top highlight of Miami's thus-dismal season.

"I was just trying to be aggressive and got a shot," said Wade, who finished with 20 points. "It's big. It's big because we'd lost four of our last five games. This is a very good team, and this shows the toughness of the team. We can build from here."

Shaquille O'Neal finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Daequan Cook had 15 points, including a crucial three-point basket with 28 seconds left.

Deron Williams scored 22 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 and C.J. Miles scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth for Utah, which took its only lead of the second half on two free throws by Matt Harpring with 46 seconds remaining.

But Wade set up Cook for a three-point basket to put Miami back on top and, after Carlos Boozer tied it with a jump shot, the 2006 NBA Finals most valuable player came through with the winner.

Miami beat Utah for the eighth time in nine meetings, improving to 8-19 overall and 4-9 at home.

"I just hope seven, eight, nine games from now, somebody will say, 'Do you remember the bounce?' " Heat Coach Pat Riley said. "Something like that can propel you."

Boozer, who entered averaging 25.2 points, finished with a season-low 10.

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