NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade returned from a seven-game absence to score 27 points — 13 in the fourth quarter –as the Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks 86-79.
Chris Bosh added 20 for the Heat, including a crucial 3-pointer with 1:07 left as Miami held off a late New York rally.
Carmelo Anthony also returned after a two-game absence because of back spasms to score 31 points for the Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds
After trailing by as many as 16, the Knicks pulled to within two, 65-63, on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s layup with 9:22 left in the game.
Wade then followed with a baseline jumper and scored 12 of Miami’s next 15 points to help the Heat maintain the lead.
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