MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97 on Thursday night.
LeBron James added 18 points for the Heat (4-2), who won their third straight and extended their club record by scoring at least 100 points in a sixth consecutive game to start the season. Chris Bosh, playing for the first time since his wife delivered a baby earlier this week, finished with 12 points for Miami.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers (3-3). His dunk with 31 seconds left got the Clippers within four, but Griffin allowed about 15 seconds to run off the clock without fouling James on the ensuing possession.
James made one free throw to push Miami’s lead to five, and that closed the scoring.
J.J. Redick scored 15 points, Jamal Crawford added 14, Chris Paul finished with 11 points and 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.
Ray Allen scored 12 points for Miami, which also got 10 from Chris Andersen.
Including playoffs, the Heat have won 51 of their last 57 games when Wade scores at least 20 points, going back to June 2012.
It’s also the first time since last March that Wade has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games. The streak immediately follows him sitting out the second game of the season for rest.
HAWKS: Rookie guard Dennis Schroder was suspended for one game without pay for striking DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin while trying to get around a pick in Atlanta’s 105-100 victory Tuesday.
WARRIORS: An MRI on point guard Stephen Curry’s left ankle revealed a bone bruise and his status is officially day to day.
BUCKS: No charges will be filed in a nightclub fight involving Milwaukee center Larry Sanders.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office announced the decision Thursday after reviewing the “altercation” that happened early Sunday.
Coach Larry Drew said Sanders has told him that he should have never put himself in such a position in the first place.
“It’s unfortunate that it happened but he has to learn from it and I believe that he will. At least I hope he will.” Drew said.