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Heat Hold on to Beat Pelicans in Christmas Opener

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat held off a late comeback by the New Orleans to get the win in overtime and give the hometown crowd a Christmas W in the Holiday opener.

Dwyane Wade dipped into the fountain of youth at the beginning and end fo the game, though, he suffered at times in the course of it. He scored 19 points to go with six boards and four dimes. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 30 points and 10 boards. Bosh also contributed four assists. Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside was big early, with most of his eight points, 17 boards and four blocks coming early in the game.

While the Heat led most of the game, the Pelicans put on a fourth-quarter surge. Down 13 with 10 minutes left, they went on an 18-5 run to tie it, capped by a Norris Cole 20-foot jumper with 5:01 left. The two teams traded punches for the rest of the quarter.

With the game tied, Bosh had the chance to put the Heat ahead but air-balled a wide-open 10-foot shot that he missed horribly.

The Heat established a led in the overtime, and the Pelicans didn’t have the energy left to muster another comeback.

Anthony Davis had a fantastic game for the Pelicans in the loss, scoring 29 points, grabbing 15 boards, contributing four assists, four steals and three blocks. Ryan Anderson had 18, and Eric Gordon had 16 for the Pelicans, but, apart from some hot shooting from Anderson, it was pretty much Brow vs. World in this one.

Per ESPN, the Miami Heat’s win gives them the best franchise winning percentage on Christmas day in NBA history at 8-2.

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