NBA Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland
(Saturday, April 1st)
Final Score: Cleveland 106, Miami 99
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James recorded his 10th career triple-double with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Cleveland past Miami, 106-99, at Quicken Loans Arena.
James, who finished the day 16-of-25 from the field, out-dueled Miami's Dwyane Wade, who finished with a season-high 44 points, in an offensive showcase. The Heat played without superstar center Shaquille O'Neal, who sat out the game with a hyper-extended knee.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Damon Jones each added 12 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who won their seventh straight game and have a solid lead for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Anderson Varejao chipped in with 10 points in the win.
Wade finished with the 44 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for Miami, which lost for the first time in three games and remains in the second slot of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Udonis Haslem netted 16 points while Shandon Anderson had 10 in the loss.
Down, 80-73, James ignited the crowd by drilling three consecutive treys in a 9-2 run for the Cavaliers. His third triple tied the game at 82 with just under nine minutes remaining.
The two teams continued to play a nip and tuck game over the next several minutes and found themselves deadlocked at 92 with a little over four minutes left.
After Wade drove down the heart of the defense for an easy layup, Jones connected on a three to put Cleveland up 95-94 with 3:15 on the clock.
Fifteen seconds later Wade responded yet again, with a running jumper and Miami stood atop the see-saw, 96-95.
James answered with four straight points. First, the All-Star hit a long jumper from just inside the three-point line and then he scored on a driving lay-in, to give the advantage back to the Cavs, 99-96, with 1:25 left.
Wade continued to keep the pressure on Cleveland, however. The swingman got loose underneath for a three-point play that deadlocked things at 99 with the clock showing 1:24.
The Cavs finally grabbed some breathing room with back-to-back buckets. James nailed another running jumper and, after a rare Wade miss, Donyell Marshall scored on a dunk to make the score 103-99 with 37 ticks left.
Antoine Walker then missed a wide open look from beyond-the-arc and the Cavs made enough free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.
The Cavaliers took a slim 26-24 advantage after the first 12 minutes. The Heat came back with an excellent second quarter and took a 53-44 edge into intermission. Wade had 19 points to lead the Heat at the half while James paced Cleveland with 19 of his own.
The Cavaliers managed to climb back within four, 73-69, by the end of the third quarter.
Game Notes The Cavs are 10-0 when James tallies a triple-double...James had 19 points in the fourth quarter, Wade had 21...The Cavaliers are an impressive 28-10 at home this season. They have won eight in a row as the host...Miami is 20-17 on the road this season.
04/01 17:01:00 ET