Wade has 'uncanny' ability to bounce back: Spoelstra

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on Dec 5, 2015, in Miami, Florida.
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on Dec 5, 2015, in Miami, Florida. PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI • Dwyane Wade had just turned the ball over. His Miami Heat had not led since the first quarter, falling behind by as many as 16 points, and Wade was just 5-for-14 from the floor.

Not to worry - at least not for the Heat and their star shooting guard.

Wade hit the winning jumper with 21.9 seconds left for a 100-97 National Basketball Association win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami scored the game's final 11 points, including Wade's go-ahead shot that bounced in after hitting the front rim and then the backboard before dropping.

REDISCOVERING HIS ACCURACY

He can play absolutely horrible stretches and all of a sudden, get to the last two minutes and have incredible confidence.

ERIK SPOELSTRA, Heat coach, on Dwyane Wade's ability to shoot under pressure

"Dwyane is uncanny," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He can play absolutely horrible stretches and all of a sudden, get to the last two minutes and have incredible confidence.

"I've (not) seen many players who don't carry something negative that happened before that now affects their aggression. It doesn't faze him one bit."

Miami, who got a team-high 22 points from forward Chris Bosh and 14 from Wade, snapped a season-worst, three-game losing run.

Memphis (13-12) had their three-game road-win streak broken. The Grizzlies got a season- high 26 points from forward Jeff Green as well as 13 points and 13 rebounds from forward Matt Barnes.

Miami's rally started in earnest when Barnes fouled shooting guard Gerald Green, who came off a screen to shoot a three-pointer. Green, who finished with 16 points, cut Memphis' lead to 97-94.

After Memphis point guard Mike Conley missed a runner in the lane, Wade split through several defenders for a lay-up to cut Memphis' lead to 97-96. The Grizzlies had an open look on their next possession, but Jeff Green missed a corner three-pointer, and that set up Wade for his winner.

"We had a great chance to win," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "We had all kinds of open shots, but we didn't make them. We needed to make one shot in the final 21/2 minutes. We didn't."

After Wade's jumper, Memphis played for the final shot. On a pick-and-pop, Bosh deflected Conley's pass to Marc Gasol.

Bosh dived for the loose ball, which fell to Miami rookie forward Justise Winslow, who was fouled.

Winslow made two free throws with 0.7 second on the clock, and Conley nearly sent the game to overtime, missing a 70-footer.

Said Wade: "That last (jumper), I hadn't made a shot all night, it felt like. I just pulled up, and I got a friendly roll."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2015, with the headline 'Wade has 'uncanny' ability to bounce back: Spoelstra'. Print Edition | Subscribe