Dwyane Wade leaves in 1st half with hamstring strain

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dwyane Wade isn't sure whether he'll miss more games after leaving the Miami Heat's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers late in the first half Tuesday night with a mild left hamstring strain.

''I told the trainers, (but) I thought about not doing it,'' Wade said after the Heat's first back-to-back victories since November. ''I could have played the game, but I decided to be smart this time and catch it early and not make it any worse. So as my doctors told me afterwards, since I caught it early, we'll take it day by day.''

Wade had four points, five assists and five rebounds in 14 minutes, but took himself out with 5:43 left in the first half. Wade couldn't remember exactly when he hurt his leg, but the three-time NBA champion elected to be cautious with his latest hamstring woe.

''I knew instantly,'' Wade said after the Heat's 78-75 victory. ''I played about five more minutes, but I felt a little light pull.''

Wade missed seven games in November with another left hamstring injury. He missed nine games last season with a strained right hamstring.

''It's a little higher, a little different,'' Wade said of the new injury. ''Last time, it was in the belly of the hamstring.''

Wade is averaging 22.8 points and 5.6 assists for the Heat, who beat the Lakers and Clippers in a three-day span. Miami has two games left on its West Coast road trip, starting Wednesday night at Golden State.

''I've realized in this situation that you never know what to expect,'' Wade said. ''But I tried to be smart this time, and when I felt a little pull, I tried to come out. Last time, it didn't feel bad, and I was out two weeks, so knock on wood it's not like that.''

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