Wade hurt, stars rest, so Heat fizzles

Miami’s Dwyane Wade leans on athletic trainer Jay Sabol after dislocating his left index finger in the first few minutes of the Heat’s loss to the Wizards. There is no timetable yet on Wade’s return.

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Miami’s Dwyane Wade leans on athletic trainer Jay Sabol after dislocating his left index finger in the first few minutes of the Heat’s loss to the Wizards. There is no timetable yet on Wade’s return.

MIAMI — LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out the game, resting for the postseason. Dwyane Wade played and got hurt.

Wade lasted less than three minutes before dislocating his left index finger, and without their three stars Saturday night, the Heat lost 86-84 to the woeful Wizards as John Wall scored 13.

Wade appeared to get his finger caught in another player's jersey and immediately went to the locker room grimacing in pain. He never returned, even though fans chanted "We want Dwyane!" at times.

There was no immediate estimate as to how long Wade might be out, but with the playoffs beginning next weekend, the Heat hopes for a speedy recovery. He has already missed 14 games this season because of injuries; Miami is 13-1 without him.

James is treating minor bumps and bruises but feeling fine, coach Erik Spoelstra said. James led the Heat in scoring each of the previous 12 games.

Bosh has been dealing with minor ailments, and the Heat hopes to have him back before the end of the regular season Thursday, Spoelstra said.

Game highlights: Ty Lawson hit all five of his 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead the Nuggets to a 118-107 victory over the host Suns and clinch a playoff berth. Steve Nash of the Suns had 13 assists, nine in the first quarter, and passed Oscar Robertson into fifth place on the NBA's career list. The Suns lost Channing Frye to a shoulder injury in the second quarter and fell a half-game behind Utah for the final playoff spot in the West. … Elton Brand scored 20 and Lou Williams added 19 as the 76ers beat the host Pacers 109-106 in overtime to end Indiana's winning streak at seven. The 76ers inched closer to clinching a playoff berth, needing a loss by Milwaukee in its late game to get in.

Howard walking: Magic center Dwight Howard, who had surgery on a herniated disc in his back Friday, began his postoperative walking program Saturday. Howard's surgeon, Robert Watkins Sr., said the operation was "uneventful" and Howard was resting comfortably.

The Magic was 33-21 with Howard in the lineup this season. It entered Saturday 3-5 without Howard. "We don't have the margin of error to make mistakes defensively right now," coach Stan Van Gundy said.

No take-backs: In buying the New Orleans Hornets, owner Tom Benson said he wants the name "Jazz" back. The Utah Jazz was originally the New Orleans Jazz before relocating in 1979. According to a post on Utah owner Greg Miller's Twitter account, the Jazz name isn't relocating again: "The window of opportunity to change our name closed shortly after we moved to Utah from NOLA. We are Utah Jazz. And we always will be."

Leave him be: Frustrated with seeing star forward Blake Griffin get fouled hard, the Clippers are vowing to protect their All-Star in the future, ESPN.com reported. "I feel like people are intentionally trying to hurt him," center DeAndre Jordan said. "It'll all come back around."

Around the league: Bulls guard Derrick Rose returned to the lineup against the Mavericks after missing three games with a right foot/ankle injury. … Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who has missed five games after a concussion, has passed all of the required postconcussion tests and practiced lightly with the team. It is uncertain if he will return to the lineup tonight against Golden State. … Saying it's probably best that he rests his knees, Lakers center Andrew Bynum is not interested in playing for the U.S. Olympic team, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Wizards 86, Heat 84

WASHINGTON (86): C.Singleton 0-1 0-0 0, Vesely 3-9 0-0 6, Seraphin 8-15 1-2 17, Wall 6-11 1-1 13, Crawford 2-14 2-2 7, Martin 8-15 2-2 22, Nene 5-9 1-2 11, J.Singleton 1-5 0-0 2, Mack 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 36-87 7-9 86.

MIAMI (84): Jones 3-9 0-0 9, Haslem 3-8 0-0 6, Pittman 4-6 4-4 12, Chalmers 5-17 5-5 16, Wade 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 1-4 1-2 3, Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Miller 6-12 0-0 16, Anthony 2-4 1-2 5, Battier 0-3 2-2 2, Cole 5-11 0-1 11. Totals 31-77 13-16 84.

Washington 23 22 18 23— 86

Miami 15 22 25 22— 84

3-Point GoalsWashington 7-18 (Martin 4-8, Evans 2-3, Crawford 1-4, Nene 0-1, Wall 0-1, C.Singleton 0-1), Miami 9-25 (Miller 4-8, Jones 3-6, Cole 1-2, Chalmers 1-4, Harris 0-2, Battier 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 49 (Crawford, Seraphin, Wall 6), Miami 53 (Haslem 15). AssistsWashington 22 (Wall 13), Miami 16 (Chalmers 6). Total FoulsWashington 25, Miami 18. TechnicalsSeraphin, Haslem, Pittman. A19,722 (19,600).

Nuggets 118, Suns 107

DENVER (118): Gallinari 5-13 2-2 13, Faried 9-13 0-0 18, Koufos 1-2 0-0 2, Lawson 10-16 4-4 29, Afflalo 6-10 7-7 19, Harrington 4-7 0-0 8, Miller 3-8 2-2 8, McGee 5-10 1-2 11, Brewer 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 48-87 16-17 118.

PHOENIX (107): Dudley 4-12 1-1 9, Frye 2-5 0-0 5, Gortat 8-14 2-3 18, Nash 4-9 0-0 8, Brown 10-24 2-2 28, Morris 1-6 0-0 3, Redd 2-4 0-0 4, Telfair 6-7 0-0 15, Lopez 3-4 2-3 8, Childress 1-2 0-0 2, Warrick 3-8 1-2 7. Totals 44-95 8-11 107.

Denver 30 30 33 25— 118

Phoenix 34 24 22 27— 107

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-13 (Lawson 5-5, Gallinari 1-3, Afflalo 0-1, Miller 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Harrington 0-2), Phoenix 11-26 (Brown 6-12, Telfair 3-4, Frye 1-1, Morris 1-2, Nash 0-3, Dudley 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 43 (Faried 14), Phoenix 51 (Gortat 11). AssistsDenver 25 (Lawson 10), Phoenix 24 (Nash 13). Total FoulsDenver 17, Phoenix 14. TechnicalsLopez, Phoenix three second. A15,877.

76ers 109, Pacers 106 OT

PHILADELPHIA (109): Iguodala 6-12 1-5 16, Brand 9-15 2-3 20, Vucevic 2-8 0-0 4, Holiday 7-14 2-3 17, Meeks 2-7 3-3 7, Hawes 2-7 1-4 5, Williams 6-13 5-5 19, T.Young 4-7 7-8 15, Turner 2-4 2-2 6, Allen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-89 23-33 109.

INDIANA (106): Granger 2-12 0-0 4, West 13-22 6-6 32, Hibbert 2-10 7-10 11, Hill 4-11 2-4 10, George 6-13 1-2 16, Barbosa 2-9 0-0 4, Hansbrough 8-14 1-1 17, Collison 3-3 2-2 8, Amundson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 42-97 19-25 106.

Philadelphia 34 19 28 17 11— 109

Indiana 23 31 20 24 8— 106

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-18 (Iguodala 3-7, Williams 2-5, Holiday 1-4, Meeks 0-2), Indiana 3-12 (George 3-3, Barbosa 0-2, Granger 0-3, Hill 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 57 (Brand 9), Indiana 63 (West 12). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Holiday 7), Indiana 22 (Hill 5). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 25, Indiana 25. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second 2. A17,701.

Wade hurt, stars rest, so Heat fizzles 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:40pm]

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