by Tom Morgan
For the first time in four months, the Miami Heat have won back-to-back home games.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and added six assists to pass Dr. J on the all-time scoring list and 7-foot center Hassan Whiteside scored 18 points and hauled in 25 rebounds to lead to the Heat to a 100-94 win over the LA Lakers.
Wade's last two assists set up Whiteside for crucial scores in the final moments.
Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Luol Deng scored 15 points for the Heat, who held on to the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In other state sports news...
- Brandon Knight had 28 points and seven assists in his best game since being traded to Phoenix, and the Suns overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 105-100 on Wednesday night. The Suns outscored the Magic 34-17 in the third quarter to take control. The Magic had the ball and a chance to tie with 5.2 seconds remaining, but Willie Green's inbounds pass was intercepted at close range by Knight and he made two free throws for the final margin. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with a career-high 38 points. Orlando has lost four straight after winning a season-high three in a row.
- Sheldon McClellan overcame a slow start to score 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Davon Reed tied a career-high with 19 as Miami kept its slim hopes of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament alive with a 67-63 win over Pittsburgh. McClellan shook off a 1-for-7 start for the Hurricanes, who won their 19th game of the season and improved to 9-8 in the ACC.
- Bo Zeigler netted a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as South Florida clobbered the UCF Knights 74-45. It was only the Bulls' third win in 17 American Conference games. Stephon Blair had 12 points for the Knights, who are now 5-13 in the AAC.
- There will be soccer in Orlando on Sunday. Major League Soccer and its players' union have agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, averting a possible strike ahead of Orlando City's opener against New York at the Citrus Bowl.
- The first World Golf Championship of the year gets underway in Doral. Its the Cadillac Championship. Patrick Reed is the defending champion. Rory McIIroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are some of the big names in the tournament.
- Righthander Alex Cobb has been named the opening day starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays open spring training play today against the Baltimore Orioles. The Miami Marlins open against the St. Louis Cardinals.