NBA Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland
(Saturday, March 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 99, Miami 89
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Mo Williams scored 29 points and LeBron James collected his 21st career triple-double as the Cavaliers downed the Miami Heat, 99-89, to continue their amazing home success.
James had 14 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which moved to 28-1 this season at Quicken Loans Arena. Delonte West scored 19 and Anderson Varejao added 12 points for the Cavaliers, who beat the Heat for the sixth time in the last seven regular season meetings.
The Cavs bounced back from an 11-point loss at Boston on Friday to win for the 10th time in 12 contests.
"That's something that we've been able to do this year and haven't really been good at in the past," said James of winning after a loss. "Bouncing back from certain losses and games that we should have won, you just forget about (the loss). It's definitely positive to see."
Dwyane Wade also nearly had a triple-double, ending with 25 points, 12 assists and eight boards, but he was ejected for the first time in his career after being assessed a second technical foul with under a minute left in the game, as the Heat had a two-game win streak broken. Jermaine O'Neal added 19 points and Michael Beasley scored 17 in defeat.
A short jumper by Williams extended Cleveland's lead to 91-81 with just over three minutes left, but baskets by Udonis Haslem and Beasley cut it to a six- point margin.
The Heat, though, missed several opportunities to get closer with Wade missing twice and O'Neal once on one possession. The second Wade miss came after he went down the floor after a collision with Varejao, and no foul was called. That ticked off Wade, who was given a second technical and ejected. His first came in the second quarter.
"It was the whole team. We felt we got some bad calls and normally we fight through it," said Wade. "We don't really worry about it, but in a game like that, a very important game for our team, tempers get hot. And, I felt I got fouled and there was no call, so my temper got hot. I deserved the tech (technical foul), that's it."
Miami head coach Erik Spolestra was also given a technical foul, and Williams nailed the two shots from the charity stripe to essentially seal the win.
Cleveland scored the game's first nine points, capped by a three from Williams, and the hosts led 28-14 moving to the second with Wally Szczerbiak hitting a long-distance shot to end the quarter.
West's layup midway through the second provided a 20-point margin and it was 50-36 at the half.
A jumper by Mario Chalmers at the end of the third had the Heat within 70-61.
"Any team that has a Dwyane Wade type of player is going to have a good chance, but we never got outside our comfort level," said James. "We continued to run the small pick and roll with me and Mo, and they had to make a decision. Mo made them pay most of the time and I was able to get a layup late in the game. We never felt like the game was slipping away."
The Cavaliers start a three-game west coast trip with a game against the Clippers on Tuesday. They'll also take on Phoenix and Sacramento before returning home for a stretch of eight of nine games at Quicken Loans Arena...The Heat host Chicago on Monday, the start of a three-game homestand...Haslem and Daequan Cook each scored 10 for Miami.
03/08 00:51:23 ET