Heat snap 2-game slide, top Timberwolves 102-92
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade had 25 points and eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 24 and the Miami Heat held on in the final minutes to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-92 Saturday night.
Luol Deng scored 14 points and Norris Cole added 11 for the Heat, who snapped a two-game slide.
Nikola Pekovic finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the second time in two nights and got confirmation earlier in the day that point guard Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely because of a sprained left ankle.
Thaddeus Young scored 16, Shabazz Muhammad had 13 and Gorgui Dieng added 12 for Minnesota.
Minnesota got back into it with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter. Kevin Martin - who had been scoreless to that point - capped the burst by hitting consecutive 3-pointers, the second coming with 4:28 left as Minnesota pulled to 90-86.
It got no closer. Wade hit a jumper over Andrew Wiggins with 3 minutes left to put Miami up six, and used the dribble to split Wiggins and Pekovic for a two-handed dunk with 1:55 left that gave the Heat a 98-90 lead.
Minnesota is bracing to be without Rubio for a while. Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said the team won't even know the full severity of the sprain - currently listed only as severe - until Rubio is evaluated again in two weeks, at which time a return date might be targeted.
For now, losing their 24-year-old starting point guard actually made the Timberwolves go younger - much younger.
Zach LaVine started in Rubio's place, and with him and Wiggins on the floor together Minnesota became the first team in nine years to start a pair of teenagers. The last team to do that was the Atlanta Hawks, who had Josh Smith and Marvin Williams in the lineup together against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 4, 2005.
The kids got a quick lesson. Miami had a 29-13 lead before the first quarter was over, and the lead went to 20 with 3:03 left in the half after Deng stripped the ball from Martin, took it downcourt, went behind the back and fed Cole for a layup that put Miami up 47-27.
A late flurry got Minnesota to 53-41 at halftime, setting the tone for the second-half rally.
Timberwolves: Minnesota is taking an off day in Miami on Sunday. ... The 16-point deficit the Timberwolves faced after the first quarter matched their largest at any point of a game this season. ... Young made his 300th career start. ... F Anthony Bennett (right knee soreness) was inactive. ... The Wolves fell to 8-16 in Miami.
Heat: Wade got his 700th career block earlier in the week, extending his record for NBA players who stand no taller than 6-foot-4. When Bosh was told Saturday that four of those blocks were against him, he half-seriously claimed each was a foul. "I congratulate him on his 696 career blocks," Bosh said. ... Heat co-captain Udonis Haslem played 14 minutes and is now at 20,001 for his career.
BACK TO BACK AGAIN
The Heat have only one stretch in which they play six games in nine nights this season, and it ends in Dallas on Sunday as Miami wraps up a stretch of three early back-to-backs. "Get it out of the way, that's what I always say," Bosh said.
PEKOVIC COMES ALIVE
Pekovic was held largely in check by the Heat early; it took him 7 minutes to get his first rebound and he finished the first half with eight points and four boards. He had nine points and four rebounds in the third quarter alone.
Timberwolves: Against Houston in Mexico City on Wednesday night.
Heat: At Dallas on Sunday night.