Dwyane Wade scored 38 points, and Michael Beasley capped a big fourth quarter with seven consecutive points in the final two minutes, helping the short-handed Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks, 100-94, Saturday night.
Beasley scored 14 of his 22 points in the final period, and his late spurt gave the Heat a six-point lead. Atlanta failed to score on five consecutive possessions in the last three minutes, committing three straight turnovers during the stretch.
Wade made four 3-pointers, hit 14 of 18 free throws and added 10 assists. Quentin Richardson sank five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Miami.
By halftime, the Heat was down three players. Rafer Alston wasn’t at the arena for personal reasons, Dorell Wright sat out with a swollen left knee, and Jermaine O’Neal tweaked his left knee in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game.
Their absences failed to foil the unpredictable Heat, coming off an overtime victory Thursday against the Lakers. The Heat won its third game in a row, snapped the Hawks’ four-game winning streak and took the season series 3-1.
Stuckey out of hospital
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was “doing well” and was released from the hospital Saturday following the Kentwood High grad collapsing on the bench Friday against Cleveland.
All tests done at the Cleveland Clinic came back normal, the team said. He was returning to Detroit and will undergo further tests.
“He’s doing well,” Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander told The Associated Press on Saturday morning.
Stuckey spent the night at the hospital for observation while cardiologists checked him out. He was conscious and breathing on his own as he was taken to the hospital after collapsing into Kander’s arms on the bench during the third quarter.