Dwyane Wade Injured as Miami Heat Lose to Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center

Nick Davis@_nick_davis_Contributor IIIJanuary 14, 2012

Wade grimacing after injuring ankle Friday night
Wade grimacing after injuring ankle Friday nightDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

LeBron's 35 points weren't enough Friday night as the Nuggets beat the Heat 117-104. The Heat lost Dwyane Wade in the forth quarter after Wade came down on Nuggets forward Al Harrington. According to Wade, be believed the injury was serious the second it happened. 

"It never hurt that bad before," Wade said. "It's not broken so that is the positive. Everything else . . . you know. I've sprained my ankle plenty of times but I've never sprained it like that before."

Along with LeBron James' 35, Chris Bosh had 17, and rookie Norris Cole had 13. The Nuggets were led by Ty Lawson, whose play this season has many Nuggets fans feeling Lawson has a chance to be an All-Star this season. Friday night Lawson had 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, along with a game-high nine assists. 

This season Lawson is averaging 17.1 points, three rebounds, 6.3 assists along with almost two steals a game. Looking at Lawson's numbers this season compared to last season, Nuggets fans can be nothing but happy with their young point guard.

Season FG% FT% REB AST STL PTS
2010 .515 .757 1.9 3.1 0.7 8.3
2011 .503 .764 2.6 4.7 1.0 11.7
2012 .522 .844 3.0 6.3 1.9 17.1

The Nuggets also received good production from their reserves Friday night, with Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington both having 15 points as the Nuggets improved to 6-1 at home.

The Heat fell to 8-4 on the young season, and are only 5-3 on the road. The Heat—who have lost three straight—will have a five-game homestand starting Tuesday, January 17. 

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