NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — LeBron James is back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, but Dwyane Wade is missing his third straight game against the New Jersey Nets.
The All-Stars both were sidelined for the Heat’s 116-109 triple-overtime victory in Atlanta on Thursday, but only James’ sprained left ankle was healed enough to return to the lineup Saturday. Wade worked out before the game before the Heat decided he would sit out his third straight with a bruised left foot.
James Jones started at shooting guard.
For the Nets, center Mehmet Okur missed the game with back spasms and Damion James was out with a sore right foot. He had an MRI exam Saturday that showed no breaks.
Anthony Morrow started for the Nets after having a partial root canal earlier Saturday.