Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat won their season-high third straight home game by topping the Atlanta Hawks 114-113 on Monday night. It was the highest-scoring quarter of the season for Wade, and it helped Miami beat Atlanta for the first time in four tries.
“That’s textbook, Hall of Fame poise,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s playing his best basketball of the season right now.”
Josh Richardson scored 19 points and Justise Winslow added 18 for the Heat, who pulled into a tie with Charlotte for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Dion Waiters scored 14 and Kelly Olynyk added 12.
Vince Carter scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Hawks — in his final head-to-head duel with Wade, and tipped his cap afterward.
“He’s been a very dominant player for a long time and on your way out it’s easy to say, ‘I’m going to ride this out and enjoy it,’” Carter said. “But he’s doing it like most Hall of Famers would do it — go at it and leave my greatness on the floor every night until you don’t see it anymore.”
Kent Bazemore had 18 points and Trae Young finished with 14 points and eight assists for the Hawks. Atlanta also got 14 points from Dewayne Dedmon and 13 from Kevin Huerter.
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