CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Dwyane Wade was told he was going to take the winning shot against the Charlotte Bobcats, he nearly deferred to the hotter LeBron James.
Then Wade thought better of it.
“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.’ ”
And he did.
With James in the corner, Wade brought the ball up, drove to the left side and banked a 10-footer over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds remaining Wednesday night to lift the Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Bobcats to remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Wade finished with 10 points while James had 35.
CAVALIERS 105, PISTONS 89
In Auburn Hills, Mich., rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help Cleveland beat Detroit, spoiling the Pistons’ first home opener with new owner Tom Gores.
Reserve Samardo Samuels scored 17 and Ramon Sessions had 16 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who got 15 points from Antawn Jamison and 10 points apiece from Anderson Varejao and rookie Tristan Thompson.
Detroit Ben Gordon had 25 points and rookie reserve Brandon Knight scored 23.
THUNDER 98, GRIZZLIES 95
In Memphis, Tenn., Kevin Durant scored 32 points as Oklahoma City edged Memphis to stay unbeaten.
James Harden came off the bench to add 20 points for the Thunder, now 3-0.
Durant, who started the game 1 of 7, made nine of his next 10 before making the clinching free throws with a second left.
PACERS 90, RAPTORS 85
In Toronto, Danny Granger scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Indiana spoiled Toronto’s home opener.
Paul George had 18 points, David West scored 14 and Roy Hibbert had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Darren Collison became the fifth Pacers starter to reach double figures by making a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left. He finished with 10 points and 12 assists.
HORNETS 97, CELTICS 78
In New Orleans, former Georgia Tech star Jarrett Jack had 21 points and nine assists in his regular-season debut, and New Orleans dominated in its home opener, beating winless Boston.
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.
SPURS 115, CLIPPERS 90
In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili had 24 points as San Antonio stayed unbeaten while easily handing Los Angeles its first loss of the season. DeJuan Blair added 20 for the Spurs (2-0).
Blake Griffin had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers (1-1).