Wade seems to have the right touch

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
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By ESPN Stats & Information
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How the Heat shot in their win over the Timberwolves on Friday.
For more shot charts from this game, click here.

A new season means a new outlook on game-winning shots for Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Wade's game-winning layup on Friday was his second game-winning field goal in as many days.

Before making the game-winner against the Bobcats on Thursday, Wade had missed his last ten potential game winning or tying attempts with under 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter or overtime.

In the previous four seasons, Wade was a combined 4-for-37 (11 percent) from the field on these shots, the second worst field goal percentage in the league. Joe Johnson was the only one worse in that span -- (2-for-23, 8.7 percent).

Wade is 6-for-7 this season on shots that have been generated off side-out-of-bounds situations. This was his only such shot attempt in this game, capping a contest in which the Heat went 6-for-6 on possessions that came off side-outs.

This was the fifth time in his career that LeBron James played on his birthday, the second time he won (he’s won his last two birthday games). In those five games, he’s averaging 35 points, shooting 56 percent from the field.

James notched his 38th career 30-point, 10-assist game on Friday, the last assist coming on Wade’s hoop. It's the most such games among active players, one more than Wade.

Elsewhere in the NBA
Nifty 50
Dwight Howard notched the 50th game of his career with at least 20 rebounds, his second such game in a row. His 50 are the most of any active player, eight more than Ben Wallace.

Memories of The Dutchman
Roy Hibbert had 17 points and 13 rebounds on Friday for the Pacers, his third double-double in three games this season.

Hibbert is the first Pacers player to start a season with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in his team's first three games since Rik Smits in 1991-92.

Elias Stat of the Night
With the Detroit Pistons loss to the Boston Celtics, Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank has now lost 20 consecutive games as a head coach (17 of those were with the New Jersey Nets) joining Byron Scott as just the second coach in the last 10 years to lose 20 or more consecutive games.

Plus-Minus Stat of the Night
Dallas Mavericks center Ian Mahinmi was a plus-21 in his team’s first win of the season, a 99-86 triumph over the Toronto Raptors, a 35-point swing for him. He was minus-14 in a buzzer-beating loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

It was the second best plus-minus for Mahinmi in his career, a point shy of his best, which came last season in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mahinmi was 6-for-6 from the field, the second time in his career that he made at least six baskets in a game without missing a shot.

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