Wade feeling ahead of schedule after knee surgery

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MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade doesn't typically get off to super-fast starts, and one game is hardly enough to say that his 10th NBA campaign will be any different.

Still, opening night seemed to be a good sign.

Wade scored 29 points against Boston on Tuesday night, giving him the highest-scoring effort in the first game of any of his Miami Heat seasons less than four months after he had surgery to repair a long-troublesome left knee. And with LeBron James missing much of the second half with leg cramps, the Heat needed to Wade to deliver, which he did as the reigning champions opened with a 120-107 win.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade was "way ahead of schedule."

Before Tuesday, Wade's previous first-game-of-a-season high was 26 points.

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