NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-91 on Tuesday night.READ MORE: Citizen Initiatives Will Be Harder To Get On Florida Ballot
The Heat had five players score in double figures, including three reserves. Starting forward Luol Deng had 18 points, and rookie Shabazz Napier scored 11.
The game was delayed for 29 minutes in the first quarter when the installation of a new green roof at Barclays Center led to a water leak.
Mason Plumlee had 21 points and nine rebounds for Brooklyn, and Joe Johnson scored 16 points. Deron Williams added 15 points and 11 assists.
The Heat led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Nets closed to 93-91 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.
After a Miami timeout, Wade missed a long 3, but Bogdanovic was called for a loose ball foul on Deng, who made both free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
Jarrett Jack missed a wide-open layup following a Nets timeout. Norris Cole was then fouled by Johnson, but he missed both free throws.
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Wade scored Miami’s first 10 points of the game and had 17 at intermission. The Heat extended their lead to 15 points on several occasions in the second quarter before settling for a 55-45 halftime lead.
The Nets then opened the second half with a 12-3 run, pulling within one on Johnson’s layup with 8:15 left in the third. But Wade then scored for the Heat, who put together an 18-8 surge to increase their advantage to 11.
Mario Chalmers had 10 points for Miami.
Heat: Forward Josh McRoberts likely will miss the rest of the season due to a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He last played on December 9 in Phoenix. … Chris Bosh has a strained calf and did not travel to Brooklyn with the team. He is sidelined indefinitely. … The Heat, who beat the Nets 95-83 in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 17, had lost six of eight coming into the day.
Nets: Brooklyn put together a pregame video tribute for Jeffrey Vanchiro. Better known as Jeffrey Gamblero, the long-time Nets fan died on Sunday. The Nets players wore the name “Gamblero” on the back of their warmup shirts. … Williams is the only Net to start each of the team’s last five games. … Center Brook Lopez missed his fifth straight game with a lower back strain. He last played against Atlanta on Dec. 5.
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