ATLANTA – Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Jason Williams hit the go-ahead basket on a 3-pointer from the corner and the Miami Heat broke a three-game losing streak with a 93-88 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Wade hit a jumper from outside the arc with 2:04 remaining to the tie the game at 81. After Tyronn Lue missed a 3 for the Hawks, Wade lured the defense toward him before dishing off to an open Williams, who made the long jumper with 1:31 left to put Miami ahead to stay.

Wade made four straight free throws in the final 24 seconds to clinch it.

Atlanta, which started the season 4-1, lost its third in a row to fall back to .500. All three have been tight – two in overtime, the other a two-point defeat. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 22 points.

The Heat bounced back from a 100-76 home loss to the New York Knicks the previous night and the grim news that center Shaquille O’Neal needed surgery to repair torn knee cartilage. He will be out four to six weeks.

Miami nearly won during a wild final minute of regulation. The Heat had four chances for the go-ahead basket, outhustling Atlanta for three offensive rebounds, but Antoine Walker missed three jumpers and Wade failed on the other attempt.

Walker had an open 3 at the buzzer, but the shot caught the back of the rim as the horn sounded. The Miami player ran all the way to the other end of the court in disgust. Coach Pat Riley merely smiled in disbelief, the game going to overtime tied at 74.

AP-ES-11-18-06 2202EST



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