NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Miami
(Thursday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Miami 100, Cleveland 88
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help lift Miami over Cleveland, 100-88, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eddie Jones added 22 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 20 for Miami, which has won four of five. Udonis Haslem collected nine points with 11 boards, while Keyon Dooling came off the pine to net 13 in the win.
LeBron James, who earlier in the day was voted as a starter for the All-Star game -- his first-ever appearance, poured in 31 points to go along with 10 assists to pace Cleveland.
The 20-year-old James, last year's NBA Rookie of the Year, is the second- youngest All-Star starter in NBA history behind Kobe Bryant, who was 19 when he started in 1998.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 23 points and Jeff McInnis contributed 13 for the Cavaliers, who have dropped two straight and four of six.
Cleveland led 28-24 after one quarter of play. Miami, though, took the lead in the second quarter thanks to a 26-13 spurt to open the frame. Dooling's layup capped the flurry as the Heat turned a four-point deficit into a nine-point advantage, 50-41, with around three minutes left in the first half.
Miami then carried a 50-43 edge as both teams headed into the locker room. O'Neal paced the Heat with 14 points, while James scored 14 to lead Cleveland at the break.
The Heat gained some breathing room during the opening stages of the third quarter. Miami reeled off 10 straight points to open the frame, pushing the margin to 60-43 on O'Neal's dunk with under 10 minutes left in the frame.
"I have a good team," said O'Neal, who was also voted as an Eastern Conference starter,. "We won a good game against a tough team."
Cleveland, though, fought back and ended the stanza by outscoring the Heat 26-17, trimming the deficit to 77-69, heading into the fourth.
The Cavaliers continued to chip away at the lead, pulling within 77-76 on two free throws by James with 8:31 left in the contest.
However, that was as close as the Cavs would get the rest of the way as Miami responded by scoring nine quick points moments later, pushing the lead back to double-digits, 86-76.
Cleveland never threatened from that point on en route to the 12-point loss.
Miami improved to 23-5 when it allows under 100 points this season...The Heat are 24-4 against the Eastern Conference this season...O'Neal, who ended 11- of-21 from the floor, will be a starter in the All-Star game for the first time since 2002 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. His total of 2,488,089 votes was the second-highest in NBA history. O'Neal, a 12- time All-Star, is also making his first appearance as a representative of the Eastern Conference team since he started for the squad as a member of the Orlando Magic in the 1996 game...The Cavs finished 4-of-12 from beyond the arc, while the Heat went 6-of-11...Miami outrebounded the Cavs, 46-30.
02/03 22:59:30 ET