NBA Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland
(Sunday, December 28th)
Final Score: Cleveland 93, Miami 86
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 33 points and doled out nine assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 93-86 victory over the Miami Heat in the front end of a home-and-home series from Quicken Loans Arena.
The victory kept Cleveland as the lone unbeaten team at home in the NBA, with a 16-0 record this season.
"You can tell that the fans are so into it," said James. "They don't want us to lose all season."
Mo Williams poured in 20 points for the Cavs, who have won six in a row. Ben Wallace had 14 rebounds and Anderson Varejao ended with 12 points and 10 boards.
Dwyane Wade logged 29 points and eight helpers for the Heat, who saw their four-game win streak halted. Udonis Haslem chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
"It was a game we could have won. I won't ever say we should have won, you've got to go and earn it and we didn't earn it," said Wade.
With the game tied at 77 late in the fourth, Williams nailed a long-range jumper and then hit a three-pointer with 4:20 left in the game to give the Cavs an 82-77 lead.
Delonte West had a steal on the following Miami possession which led to James' fast break, emphatic, one-handed slam dunk that made it 84-77 with four minutes left.
Two free throws from Daequan Cook and a Wade dunk made it a four-point game, but the Cavs never relinquished the lead and took the victory.
The clubs played to a 22-22 tie after the first quarter and James' long-range jumper as time expired gave the Cavs a 44-42 lead heading into the break.
The teams traded baskets and stayed even for most of the third quarter, until Haslem and Wade dropped a pair of jumpers each for a 61-53 lead with just over two minutes left in the stanza.
The Heat led 67-58 heading into the final 12 minutes.
James' jumper, Varejao's free throw and Zydrunas Ilgauskas' three-pointer pulled the Cavs within 69-65 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
Moments later, two free throws from West made it 75-73 with 6:35 showing on the clock.
Wade then countered with a jumper, but West nailed a three and James was fouled and hit 1-of-2 to make it 77-77 with six minutes left.
The Cavaliers closed out a three-game residency at 3-0...Cleveland will visit the Heat in South Beach on Tuesday to close out the home-and-home series...The Cavs have won 25 of 27 since opening the season 1-2...The Heat are 6-8 as the visitor this season...Cleveland went 3-0 against the Heat a year ago. Miami has lost three straight and six of its last seven as the guest in this series.
12/29 02:35:50 ET