Wade plays big for wounded nephew

TORONTO — Dwyane Wade was determined to put in a strong performance for a stricken family member.

Wade and Chris Bosh scored 30 points each and the Miami Heat beat Toronto 113-101 Friday night, their seventh straight win over the Raptors.

Wade dedicated the performance to his nephew, one of 13 men shot — two fatally — during a violent six-hour stretch in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday.

"I played for him and with him in mind," Wade said. "I was 9 years old when he was born, I was an uncle at 9 years old. A lot of thoughts go through your mind."

"My prayers go out to all the families involved," he added. "It's tough. When it's someone in your family, it really hits you hard."

Wade's nephew was one of six men shot outside a South Side convenience store early Thursday evening. The eight-time NBA All-Star did not learn of the shooting until following Miami's home win over Dallas Thursday night. His nephew, who was not identified, was expected to undergo surgery today, but his condition was not made public.

"The biggest thing, the thing you thank God for, is that he's healthy," Wade said.

The shooting comes one week after Wade was one of several Heat players to speak out about the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

LeBron James had 26 points and nine assists and Mario Chalmers added 14 points as the Heat won for the second time in two nights after beating the Mavericks the previous evening in a rematch of last year's finals.

"We came out with a lot of energy and effort," James said. "Toronto made a lot of shots, they kept getting closer but we just tried to continue to wear on them, worked on our habits and we were able to close the game out in the fourth."

Wade scored 13 points in the final quarter while Bosh had 12 against his former team as the Heat pulled away.

"There's a lot of memories, a lot of great memories here," said Bosh, who was booed throughout. "Anytime I come here I don't want to disappoint myself and have a bad game."

Mavericks 100, Magic 98

At Orlando, Fla., Dirk Nowitzki banked in a jumper with 5.9 seconds left and scored a game-high 28 points to lead Dallas past Orlando.

Jameer Nelson scored 24 points to lead the Magic. Ryan Anderson added 21 and Dwight Howard finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

The Mavericks trailed by 15 points in the third quarter before rallying in the final period, aided by a plethora of turnovers by the Magic. Jason Terry had 10 points in the quarter and 17 in the game. Delonte West and Shawn Marion each added 15.

Kings 104, Jazz 103

At Salt Lake City, DeMarcus Cousins scored 27 points, including the winning free throw with 3.8 seconds left, to help Sacramento end a four-game losing streak.

The win snapped Utah's seven-game home winning streak, while the Kings won on the road for only the fifth time this season. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 27 points. Gordon Hayward added 19, but couldn't get his driving layup to fall, and Utah's tip-in attempt was too late.

Cousins left briefly to get stitches under his left eyebrow.

Nets 102, Warriors 100

At Oakland, Calif., Gerald Green tied the score with a thundering one-handed dunk from the baseline, then added a go-ahead basket moments later and New Jersey rallied from 19 points down in the second half.

Gerald Wallace had 24 points and 18 rebounds for the Nets, who ended a six-year losing streak at Oracle Arena. Wallace scored 10 points over the final 6 minutes of the game and blocked Charles Jenkins' potential tying shot just before time ran out.

Wizards 97, 76ers 76

At Washington, Cartier Martin tied a career-high with 20 points in his second game under a 10-day contract, and Washington built a big lead and held on to it for a change, breaking a five-game losing streak.

The loss knocked Philadelphia out of first place in the Atlantic Division, one game behind Boston. The 76ers began the day tied with the Celtics, who beat Minnesota.

Nuggets 99, Bobcats 88

At Charlotte, N.C., Arron Afflalo scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as Denver held off Charlotte.

The Nuggets entered in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Western Conference standings with Houston and Utah and in need of a victory against the worst team in the league.

Bucks 121, Cavaliers 84

At Cleveland, Brandon Jennings scored 28 points and Milwaukee routed Cleveland.

Ersan Ilyasova, who missed Tuesday's game because of back spasms, scored 20 points while Mike Dunleavy added 16 and shot 4 for 5 on 3-pointers. Jennings and Ilyasova didn't play in the fourth quarter.

Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 29 points to lead Cleveland before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained right shoulder. Irving was 11 for 20 from the field, including 6 for 6 on 3s.

Hawks 100, Knicks 90

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 28 points and Willie Green carried the Hawks in the fourth quarter, leading Atlanta past former coach Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks.

Green scored 15 of his 20 points in the final period, including a 3-pointer from the corner that stretched Atlanta's lead to 94-84.

Woodson, who coached the Hawks from 2004-10, returned to Philips Arena for the first time as the Knicks interim coach. His team wasn't at full strength, forced to go without injured starters Amare Stoudemire (back) and Jeremy Lin (left knee).

Celtics 100, Timberwolves 79

At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in his return to Target Center and Boston outmuscled Kevin Love and Minnesota.

Paul Pierce had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 17 assists for the Celtics, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven.

Love had 22 points and 11 rebounds but succumbed to Garnett's physical defense in a battle between the face of the Timberwolves past and present.

Luke Ridnour had 15 points and eight assists, but the Wolves turned the ball over 21 times to see their playoff hopes take a hit. They entered 21/2; games out of the eighth spot in the West.

Rockets 98, Grizzlies 89

At Houston, Goran Dragic scored a season-high 25 points and Courtney Lee added 17 as Houston beat Memphis at home for the 12th straight time.

Houston led by six with 1:22 remaining before Marcus Camby made two baskets sandwiched around a layup by Rudy Gay to extend the lead to 97-89 about a minute later.

Dragic has been starting at point guard with Kyle Lowry out with an illness. Friday's performance extended his streak of double digit scoring games to a career-high 14 in a row.

Bulls 83, Pistons 71

At Chicago, Luol Deng scored 20 points, Joakim Noah added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago beat Detroit for the 14th straight time.

The Bulls scored the final eight points after the Pistons closed within four with just under 5 minutes left and improved their league-best record to 42-11 even though star Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton remained sidelined by injuries.

Rose missed his ninth straight game because of a right groin injury, but the Bulls improved to 14-5 without the defending league MVP.

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