Heat 102, Clippers 97
Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and the host Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Clippers. LeBron James added 18 points for the Heat (4-2), who won their third in a row and extended their club record by scoring at least 100 points in a sixth consecutive game to start the season. Chris Bosh, playing for the first time since his wife delivered a baby earlier this week, finished with 12 points for Miami.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers (3-3). His dunk with 31 seconds left got the Clippers within four, but Griffin allowed about 15 seconds to run off the clock without fouling James on the ensuing possession.
James made one free throw to push Miami’s lead to five, and that closed the scoring.
J.J. Redick scored 15 points, Jamal Crawford added 14, Chris Paul finished with 11 points and 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.
Ray Allen scored 12 points for Miami, which got 10 from Chris Andersen.
Including playoffs, the Heat have won 51 of their last 57 games when Wade scores at least 20 points, going back to June 2012.
It’s also the first time since last March that Wade has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games, this streak immediately following him sitting out the second game of the season for rest.
Wade either scored or assisted on Miami’s first six field goals of the fourth quarter, including a three-point play while getting fouled on a jumper by Redick.
About a minute later, Wade set up Shane Battier for a 3-pointer that put Miami up 91-80, and James punctuated it all with a fist pump.
The Heat held on from there, improving to 50-7 at home since the start of last season, including playoffs.
Nuggets 109, Hawks 107
Ty Lawson had 23 points and eight assists and the host Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks and give new coach Brian Shaw his first win.
Nate Robinson added 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 for Denver (1-3), which rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter before surviving a late Atlanta rally.
The win leaves Utah (0-5) as the NBA’s only winless team.
Paul Millsap scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks but missed a short jumper that would have tied the game with 1.9 seconds left. Al Horford, who had 21 points, grabbed the rebound but his shot was off as time expired.