MIAMI - Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 14 assists, Quentin Richardson scored a season-high 25, and the Miami Heat found a way to overcome a huge effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-111, in overtime Thursday night.
Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points, Jermaine O’Neal scored 13 and Udonis Haslem had 12 for Miami, which won the NBA’s most wildly back-and-forth game all season — with a season-high 31 lead changes.
Bryant scored 39 points, including an overtime-forcing jumper for the Lakers.
It still wasn’t enough to overcome the Heat’s 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 accuracy from the line in overtime.
O’Neal made the defensive play of the night with 18.7 seconds to go in overtime, drawing his team-leading 19th charge of the season — on Bryant, no less.
Arroyo made two free throws 0.3 seconds later, and Miami held on. 1 TERRY TO UNDERGO SURGERY Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry is scheduled to have surgery today after taking an elbow to the face during a game against Minnesota on Wednesday.
2 BACK TO CLEVELAND? Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has told his agent to begin negotiations with the Clevelands Cavaliers on March 22, the first day he can re-sign with them. They traded him last month.
3 BOBCATS GETTING HEALTHY Charlotte Bobcats centers Nazr Mohammed and Tyson Chandler are practicing again following injuries. Both players will be listed as game-time decisions today.
4 FASTBREAKS Oklahoma City assigned second-year forward D.J. White to its NBA Developmental League affiliate in Tulsa. … Allen Iverson’s wife, Tawanna, filed for divorce.