NBA Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland
(Friday, February 9th)
Final Score: Cleveland 103, Miami 79
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 29 points, pulled down seven boards and dished out six assists as Cleveland trounced Miami, 103-79, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Larry Hughes added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who improved to 3-1 on their current five-game home stand. Aleksandar Pavlovic chipped in with 15 points off the bench, while Drew Gooden finished 10 points and 13 boards.
Dwyane Wade netted 27 points and distributed seven helpers for the Heat, who lost for the first time in six games. Shaquille O'Neal tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Kapono had 10 points.
The Cavs took a 12-point cushion into the final frame and quickly put Miami away by scoring the first five points in the stanza.
James' three-point play was quickly followed by a Anderson Varejao layup to give Cleveland a rather comfortable 74-57 lead with 10:59 left in the game.
The Heat never seriously threatened from there. James Posey's three, with 7:18 remaining, drew them within 12, 81-69. But, the Cavs put things away with an 8-0 run.
Varejao's fueled the mini-burst with back-to-back buckets and Pavlovic finished it with a pair of free throws to put Cleveland on top 89-69 with 4:45 on the clock.
The Cavaliers coasted to the finish line from there.
The Cavs used a stifling defense to take a 44-33 lead at intermission and continued to play frontrunner, 69-57, after three quarters.
This was the second of four meetings this year. The Heat captured the first matchup on February 1, 92-89, as Wade scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and missed just one of his 24 foul shots...The Heat are 11-16 on the road this season.
02/09 23:02:20 ET