DWYANE WADE hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the visiting Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats last niight to unbeaten at 3-0.
After Henderson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Bobcats up by one with 12 seconds left, the Heat called time and had Wade bring the ball up. He drove to the left side and banked the shot over Henderson, then turned to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seated courtside and imitated Newton's Superman touchdown celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt.
D.J. Augustin's three-point attempt off a side inbounds play didn't fall and D.J. White's putback at the buzzer rolled off the rim as time expired.
"When [coach Erik Spoelstra] called it, I was shocked because this guy had it going on," Wade said, pointing to James. "I wasn't in the flow. I was about to say, 'Let LeBron run it.' Then I said, 'You know what, I'll do it.' "
James scored 35 points and Chris Bosh chipped in with 25 as the Heat overcame a sluggish first half in front of 19,614, the largest crowd ever to see a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena. James and Bosh combined to score 35 points in the second half, but they had plenty of help from the Bobcats, who turned the ball over 12 times on 25 third-quarter possessions. Wade finished with 10 points.
Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points, while Augustin had 20 and Boris Diaw had a terrific game with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists.
The Bobcats jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led by as many as 16 points in the first half against a Heat team that hadn't trailed for more than 14 seconds in their first two games.
In other games:
* At New Orleans, Jarrett Jack had 21 points and nine assists in his regular-season debut, and the Hornets dominated in their home opener, beating the winless Boston Celtics, 97-78. The Celtics are 0-3 for the first time since 2006-07, the season before they traded to bring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in to help star Paul Pierce, who has yet to play this season because of a bruised right heel.
* At Denver, Nene scored 25 points, reserve Al Harrington had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Nuggets rolled to a 117-100 win over the Utah Jazz.
* At Atlanta, Joe Johnson led a balanced attack with 18 points and the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards, 101-83 The Hawks have had six players score in double figures in each of their two wins to open the season.
* At Memphis, Kevin Durant scored 32 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-95 victory over the Grizzlies.
* At Toronto, Danny Granger scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Indiana Pacers beat the Raptors, 90-85. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Andrea Bargnani 21 for Toronto.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Detroit 105-89. Detroit's Ben Gordon had 25 points and rookie Brandon Knight scored 23.