NBA Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland
(Thursday, February 4th)
Final Score: Cleveland 102, Miami 86
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James handled the ball and the scoring load, scoring a game-best 36 points with eight assists and seven rebounds, as red-hot Cleveland used a second-half surge to bury Miami, 102-86, at Quicken Loans Arena.
"It is always a good victory to continue the momentum we have," said James.
Shaquille O'Neal added 13 points and eight rebounds, while J.J. Hickson and Daniel Gibson donated 12 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who have won 10 straight. Cleveland made 15 more free throws (29) than Miami attempted (14) in the victory.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 24 points and nine assists, while Michael Beasley notched a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who lost for the second straight night thanks in part to a 13-point fourth period.
"He played awesome. Tonight, it seemed like he didn't miss a shot. He is playing MVP basketball," Wade said of James' performance.
A back-and-forth opening 24 minutes closed with the home team holding a 56-52 edge, but Cleveland started pulling away soon after. The edge grew to eight, 64-56, on two Gibson free throws with 9:10 left in the third, and three more Gibson free throws made it 68-58 several minutes later.
O'Neal's finger roll with just under five minutes to play in the third opened a 12-point edge, 72-60. Miami worked back within five on two occasions, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas' three-point play capped the third-quarter scoring for an 81-73 lead.
The Cavs turned up the defense in the fourth, scoring the first seven points capped by Gibson's free throw to take control at 88-73. A Gibson three with just over six minutes remaining made it 96-80, and James' pull-up jumper with 2:24 on the clock cemented the comfortable edge at 102-84.
Cleveland made 48.6 percent of its shots, while Miami drained just 41.4 percent from the floor and 4-of-17 from beyond the arc...James lived on the charity stripe, making 17-of-21 on the game...The game featured six ties and 10 lead changes...The Cavs lived in transition and protected their own rim, holding a 20-2 edge in fastbreak points...Cleveland has won five straight in the series between the two teams.
02/05 01:21:06 ET