MIAMI – Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 12 assists, and the Miami Heat snapped a four-game slide by digging deep late to beat the undermanned Golden State Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night.
Quentin Richardson scored 15, including two big 3-pointers in the final minutes, for the Heat. Michael Beasley also had 15 points, while Jermaine O'Neal and Carlos Arroyo each added 14 for Miami, which moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat also got within two games of Toronto for the No. 5 seed.
Anthony Morrow scored 24 points, C.J. Watson had 20 and Stephen Curry added 18 for Golden State, which had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds left - but Curry's pass skipped off Ronny Turiaf's hands, Arroyo followed with two free throws, and Miami escaped.
Turiaf finished with 15 for the Warriors, who dressed only the minimum eight players - including Reggie Williams, who was signed earlier Tuesday to a 10-day contract after being called up from the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The Warriors were without leading scorer Monta Ellis (sore back) and center Andris Biedrins (sports hernia), both of whom are expected to miss at least the next four games as well. It all meant Golden State used its 35th starting lineup of the season, and like most of the other 34, this one simply didn't have enough to win.
That's not for a lack of trying.
Warriors coach Don Nelson spoke before the game about how much he's enjoyed watching his team - which has known it has no playoff chance for some time - continue to play hard, and right on cue, they delivered another one of those performances against Miami.
Golden State attacked the rim in the first quarter, shooting 10 of 11 from inside the lane and that, combined with six early Miami turnovers, gave the Warriors a 34-33 lead after one. And even though Wade had 19 by halftime, Morrow had 17 for Golden State in the first 24 minutes, so Miami's 56-54 lead at intermission - especially when considering the home woes that have dogged Miami all season - seemed tenuous at best.
Eventually, the Heat found a way.
It was far from easy.
Down 95-94 after Morrow hit a 3-pointer with 6:00 left and silencing a half-empty building, the Heat looked to Wade for a burst, and once again, he delivered. A 15-footer - his longest made jumper of the game to that point - gave Miami the lead, and then he set up Richardson for a 3-pointer and a 99-95 lead.
Wade to Richardson for another 3-pointer 59 seconds later, and it was 104-97.
Curry made a jumper from the foul line with 1:01 left to get the Warriors within two, and Morrow had an open look at a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left that would have put Golden State up by one. It clanged off the rim, O'Neal grabbed the rebound and the Heat held on.
NOTES: Both coaches drew technicals for arguing non-calls, with the Heat's Erik Spoelstra drawing his with 55 seconds left in the opening quarter, Nelson getting his with 8:48 remaining in the third. ... Curtains were drawn across the ends of the arena's highest level, lowering the capacity to 16,500. That won't be the case Thursday when Kobe Bryant and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers visit. .