NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Miami
(Thursday, November 4th)
Final Score: Miami 92, Cleveland 86
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal made his home debut, but once again it was Dwyane Wade stealing the show with 28 points as the Miami Heat downed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-86, in front of a record crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena.
A day after leading the Heat to a season-opening victory in New Jersey with 21 points, Wade put forth another strong effort behind 10-of-20 shooting. He also dished out five assists to go with six rebounds. Miami has won 13 straight home games in the regular season dating back to last year.
O'Neal, limited by a hamstring injury, netted 17 points with nine boards and three blocks, but the coaching staff erred on the side of caution by playing him just 32 minutes. Udonis Haslem added 15 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Cleveland, which was handed a double-overtime loss to Indiana in its season opener Wednesday, got 24 points and 11 boards from Drew Gooden for the only double-double of the night. LeBron James scored 21 with eight helpers.
O'Neal treated the Miami faithful with a strong start, establishing a presence inside with seven of the Heat's first nine points en route to 9-4 lead just over three minutes in.
After a short rest, he finished the opening quarter with nine and Wade closed the period out with back-to-back buckets for a 27-23 Heat advantage.
Miami held the Cavs at bay in the second and headed into halftime with a 52-49 edge behind Wade's 16 points and O'Neal's 14.
"He's a great player," James said of Wade. "I played with him all summer, so I know what he can do."
With O'Neal on the bench midway through the third quarter, Cleveland pulled within 61-60, but Wade scored four straight points to help the Heat grab a seven-point cushion.
O'Neal returned late in the stanza, but it wasn't until five minutes into the fourth that Miami gave itself more breathing room. Wade's jumper made it 81-73 and three more points by Haslem created an 11-point margin.
Cleveland managed to get only two points closer until James' three at the buzzer accounted for the final margin.
"We couldn't make open shots in the fourth quarter - that's what it came down to," James added.
The paid attendance was 20,235, highest for a regular season game in Miami...Wade had a career-best three blocks...Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who tied a career-high with 35 points with 18 boards on opening night, registered just eight points with 10 boards against the Heat...Guard Jeff McInnis scored 14...The home team in this series has won the last eight contests...Cleveland forward Scott Williams left after injuring his right pinky in the first quarter and did not return.
11/05 00:25:01 ET