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Wade gets 50, Heat rally twice to win in 3OT

DWYANE Wade scored 50 points as the Miami Heat pulled off two huge last-ditch rallies to beat the Utah Jazz in a triple-overtime epic 140-29 yesterday.

The Heat erased a seven-point deficit in the final 55 seconds of regulation to force the extra period, then gave up the first eight points of the first overtime before roaring back again.

The second overtime had five ties, the last coming when Deron Williams hit a jumper with 3.4 seconds left.

But the Jazz wouldn't take the lead again, and Wade sealed it with a pair of foul shots with 44.4 seconds left - tying his career-high in scoring on a day when he passed Alonzo Mourning to become the franchise's leading scorer.

Wade added 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jermaine O'Neal added 28 points and eight rebounds, and Mario Chalmers scored 23.

Williams led Utah with 30 points and 13 assists, and Kyle Korver notched a season-high 25 points.

Timberwolves 108, Bobcats 100

At Minneapolis, rookie Kevin Love scored 22 points, and Rodney Carney and Ryan Gomes added 21 each as Minnesota snapped a four-game skid against Charlotte and handed the Bobcats their third straight loss.

Gerald Wallace had 26 points to lead Charlotte, whose skid follows a team-record, six-game winning streak.

The Bobcats entered the day one-half game behind Chicago and Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Bulls 97, Hornets 79

At Chicago, Ben Gordon scored 27 points and John Salmons added 24 as Chicago pounded surging New Orleans despite another strong effort by Chris Paul.

Back home after a 0-3 road trip, the Bulls wasted little time taking it to a Western Conference contender. They went on a 18-0 run that made it 48-24 midway through the second quarter and added another 17-0 burst that bridged the third and fourth quarters, sending the Hornets to just their second loss in 11 games.

Paul scored 29 after back-to-back 30 point performances despite the Bulls' best efforts to contain him. Paul hit 13 of 20 shots while dishing out six assists and grabbing six rebounds. But he got little help.

Spurs 88, Rockets 85

At Houston, Tony Parker scored 28 points, and Tim Duncan added 15 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio beat Houston.

Parker also had eight assists and Michael Finley added 17 points for the Spurs, who came up with two defensive stops in the final 15 seconds to beat the Rockets for the 12th time in the last 17 meetings.

Ron Artest scored 21 points and Yao Ming had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who've lost two straight home games after winning the previous 12.

Nuggets 107, Clippers 94

At Denver, Nene and Renaldo Balkman each had a double-double to help the Nuggets spoil Marcus Camby's return to Denver.

Balkman scored a career-best 22 points to go with his 11 rebounds - his second straight double-double - and Nene scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Camby struggled with his shot in his first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets traded him to the Clippers last summer for salary cap relief, scoring 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Suns 106, Thunder 95

At Phoenix, Leandro Barbosa scored 11 of his 22 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes to help Phoenix rally past Oklahoma City and snap a six-game losing streak.

Steve Nash added 18 points and eight assists for Phoenix but saw his career-best streak of seven 20-point games come to an end. Grant Hill added 16 points.

Kevin Durant, back after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle, scored 22 and Russell Westbrook 20 for the Thunder, who led by as many as 13 in the first half.

The victory pulled Phoenix to within five games of Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West with 16 to play.


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