NEW YORK -- Dwyane Wade went into his "bag of tricks" late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night and made sure the short-handed Miami Heat came out a winner in Brooklyn. Wade scored 11 of his 27 points in the final period, lifting the Heat to a 102-98 victory over the Nets at Barclays Center.
"My coaches and teammates put the ball in my hands to make plays, and that's what I do," Wade said.
With less than two minutes remaining and Miami -- which was once again playing without Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic -- clinging to a one-point lead, Wade closed by scoring seven of his team's final eight points and playing solid defense.
He cut backdoor and converted a three-point play to put the Heat up 97-93 with 1:31 remaining.
After Joe Johnson committed a turnover at the other end, Wade sealed the deal with a series of highlight-reel-caliber dribble moves -- putting Wayne Ellington on skates before draining the dagger from the right wing and bringing the droves of Heat fans in attendance to their feet in elation.
Wade followed with his signature "bag of tricks" celebration.
"Here, they just make you feel like you got it," Wade said. "The fans, they start cheering when you make one move and you haven't even done anything yet, but it's fun. Our fans were amazing here."
After the game, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and trusted associates Dmitry Razumov and Irina Pavlova exited through the bowels of their $1 billion arena. Asked to give an update on the team's search for a general manager, Prokhorov said, "I need to [do] my homework first."
Brooklyn (12-34) might be playing better under interim coach Tony Brown, but its focus is squarely on the future.
That's not the case for Miami (25-21), which has won two in a row after losing its previous four. Bosh had 27 points of his own (including eight in the fourth), but it was Wade who had the crowd going wild for the majority of the game. The 34-year-old veteran guard has missed just three of the team's first 46 games while averaging 18.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and shooting 46 percent from the field.
"This is me," Wade said. "As I said earlier in the season, this is me playing healthy. I mean, no one is 100 percent healthy in this league at this time, but I can do some of the things that I want on the court, which every time I do something -- it might be a free throw -- it's an advantage nowadays. But this is just who I am in this 2015-16 season.
"It's not every night, but for a majority of the time, I'm trying to make sure I'm there for my team."