MIAMI, March 10 – Miami's Dwyane Wade sank a three-point shot as time expired in double overtime to lift the Heat to a 130-127 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Wade, who stole the ball before knocking down the winning basket, finished with 48 points on 15-of-21 shooting and added 12 assists and four steals for the Heat, who forced 22 turnovers.
The Bulls had the ball with 11 seconds left and the score tied 127-127 in the second overtime. They worked the ball to John Salmons at the top of the key, where Wade was waiting.
With three seconds left, Wade swiped the ball and raced up court, rising up behind the three-point line and launching the game-winner as time expired.
Ben Gordon nearly equaled Wade on the offensive end, finishing with 43 points for Chicago, which has dropped six in a row on the road.
Miami held an 84-74 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but a 10-3 run pulled the Bulls within 87-84 with 8:11 left in the National Basektball Association game.
Wade helped extend it back to 96-91 with three straight baskets, but Gordon gave Chicago its first lead of the quarter with four straight three-pointers during a 12-3 run that made it 103-99 with 1:51 left.
Mario Chalmers hit a layup and Gordon split a pair of free throws before Miami took the ball out of bounds with 20 seconds left and worked it around to Wade.
The superstar guard got off a three-pointer from the left wing and knocked it down to force overtime.
Chicago scored five points in the final 20 seconds of the first overtime to force a 117-117 tie. Wade had a chance to give the Heat the win but missed a reverse layup at the buzzer.