Miami led, 45-35, at halftime by out-scoring New Jersey, 27-12, in the second quarter, but New Jersey opened the third with an 18-11 spurt and came within 56-53 at the 3:55 mark. The contest then was close until the end.
Wade led Miami with 23 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and five rebounds.
Penny Hardaway scored 16 points, while Alonzo Mourning and Daequan Cook scored 10 apiece for the Heat, who snapped a three-game losing streak.