Dwayne Wade scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 10 assists to lead the Miami Heat to a 109-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. Wade shook off a sore back to power the Heat to their fifth straight win.
LeBron James carried the load for Miami with 51 points the night before to beat the Orlando Magic. This time it was Wade who played wounded hero with his fourth career triple-double. James nearly scored a triple-double as well with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Four starters from Miami scored in double-digits. Chris Bosh had 14 points while Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field in only 18 minutes of court action.
Eddie House played big off the bench, making three straight triples to finish with 16 points. Mike Miller went three-for-three from the three-point area to finish with 13 points.
Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson each scored 25 points for the Bobcats. Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson had 14 points each.
DJ Augustin was held down to 4 points while the Miami bench contributed well offensively. The Heat led all game, the lowest at six points, and took control in the fourth quarter when House went on a shooting streak.