Wade leads Heat past Timberwolves

Thu Nov 5, 2015 11:54pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - When the half-court shots were falling, it became clear it was Dwyane Wade's night.

The Heat guard scored a game-high 25 points, and backcourt mate Goran Dragic added 18 as Miami took down the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-84at Target Center.

It is the fifth time in five games so far this season that Wade has scored at least 20 points. Thursday's 25-point effort matched a season high. The 33-year-old also notched 25 points against Cleveland on Oct. 30.

"What you see is the commitment of a player who has had to adapt with age," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade. "Hopefully he's like a fine wine."

The Heat (3-2) held the Timberwolves to 35.3 percent shooting for the game. Miami shot 48.7 from the floor and 18-for-25 from the free-throw line.

Perhaps just as important for Miami was their ability to limit Minnesota's free-throw opportunities. The Timberwolves averaged 39 free-throw attempts in their first three games but took just 22 shots from the line in Thursday's loss.

"They've got some guys who attack the basket," Wade said.

"We tried our best to keep our hands out of the cookie jar as much as possible. We made a few mistakes, but for the most part I thought we did a good job."

Chris Bosh scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Heat, while third-year center Hassan Whiteside chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Whiteside entered the game averaging 3.5 blocks per game, third best in the league.   Continued...

Nov 5, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up for a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (23) in the second half at Target Center. The Heat won 96-84. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports