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             === Wade sparks comeback as Heat win 11th straight ===
 Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points, including 15
 in  the  fourth quarter,  to help  the Miami Heat  earn their 11th consecutive
 victory  with  a 109-105  decision over  the Cleveland  Cavaliers on Sunday at
 AmericanAirlines Arena.
 LeBron  James poured in a game-high 28 points to go with eight assists for the
 Heat,  who watched  a 22-point  third quarter  lead turn  into an  eight-point
 fourth quarter deficit before Wade took over down the stretch.
 "It was good for us to show some resiliency down the stretch," Heat coach Erik
 Spoelstra said. "They kept on coming at us. We had to fight for it."
 Mario  Chalmers  chipped in 16  points to help  Miami become the first Eastern
 Conference team to 40 wins.
 Dion  Waiters led  Cleveland with  26 points,  while C.J.  Miles made  five 3-
 pointers  en route to  19 points for the Cavaliers, who saw their two-game win
 streak come to an end.
 Kyrie  Irving  added 17  points and  five assists  in the setback, Cleveland's
 fifth in a row against the Heat.
 "We  had an  opportunity against the NBA  world champions and we lost the game
 because of mental mistakes," Cavs head coach Byron Scott said.
 Miami  led,  64-46, at the  break before scoring the  first four points of the
 third to take a seemingly comfortable 22-point cushion.
 Cleveland  responded  with 10 straight points  to pull within 12, but the Heat
 quickly pushed the margin to 17 with a 9-4 response.
 The  Cavs made their run from there, as a three-point play from Irving sparked
 a  22-4 run that  found the visitors holding a one-point edge heading into the
 Irving  netted  seven in the surge,  while Miles provided the final 11 points,
 including  back-to-back 3-pointers that preceded a four-point play to send the
 Cavs into the fourth holding an 82-81 lead.
 Cleveland  continued its  spurt in  the final  frame, as  the Cavs  opened the
 quarter  on a  15-8 push  to take  a  97-89 lead  on Miles'  triple with  5:16
 Wade  put the  Heat on his back from  there, pouring in nine points in an 11-2
 Miami run that put the home team on top, 100-99, with 2:43 left.
 Waiters answered with a jumper at the other end to put the Cavs back in front,
 but  Shane Battier buried  a trey from the left corner to give the Heat a two-
 point edge with 1:27 left.
 After  Cleveland  came up empty  at the other end,  Chris Bosh recovered a big
 offensive  rebound  before Wade exploded  down the lane  and threw down a two-
 handed jam to make it 105-101 with 24.4 ticks remaining.
 Waiters  responded  with a driving  layup, but the  Heat went 4-for-4 from the
 charity stripe to hang on for the victory.
 "We started making stops and we just turned that other switch on and were able
 to come away with a win," Wade said. "We don't want to depend on it (turning a
 switch on) but it is always good to have it."
 Miami  built  its bulky first-half cushion  by shooting a red-hot 57.5 percent
 (23-for-40) from the floor, including 8-of-10 from three-point range, over the
 opening 24 minutes to carry a 64-46 advantage into the break.
                                   Game Notes
 Miami  shot  52 percent (39-for-75) from  the floor overall to improve to 25-2
 when  shooting at  least 50  percent from  the field  ... Miami  has won  nine
 straight  at home and is 24-3 as the host this season ... Cleveland dropped to
 8-22 on the road, despite shooting 50 percent (39-for-78) from the field.
 02/24 23:21:18 ET

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