NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Miami
(Sunday, February 25th)
Final Score: Miami 86, Cleveland 81
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal picked up the slack in Dwyane Wade's absence, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to lead Miami past Cleveland, 86-81, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Jason Kapono also posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards while Alonzo Mourning poured in 15 points off the bench for the Heat, who snapped a two-game slide.
Wade is sidelined indefinitely after dislocating his left shoulder in Wednesday's loss to Houston after getting tangled with Shane Battier of the Rockets early in the fourth quarter. The star guard is still weighing his medical options, with season-ending surgery a possibility.
"It was a balanced scoring game and we played good defense," O'Neal said. "We have to make every possession count. We know we were undermanned and understaffed a little bit. It gives us room for other guys to step up."
LeBron James finished with 29 points and seven assists and Larry Hughes scored 14 for Cleveland, which has lost two in a row.
"We had a lot of good drives, a lot of kick-outs for open looks, but we just could not knock them down," James said.
The Heat opened up the fourth quarter on a 12-3 run to break a tie and establish a 71-62 lead.
Kapono had four points in the surge, which Mourning capped with a hook shot.
Cleveland responded with five straight points to trim its deficit to four after a Donyell Marshall three-pointer, but Kapono answered with a jumper to halt the mini-run.
O'Neal then followed with back-to-back buckets -- a hook shot and a slam -- before Kapono drained a three-ball to push the advantage to 80-72 with 3:35 on the clock.
The Cavs got no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Miami held a 41-38 edge at halftime, but Cleveland fought back to tie it at 59-59 after three quarters of play.
The Heat have won four of their last six meetings with the Cavaliers and nine in a row at home...Miami is 17-24 in games played without Wade since his rookie season, including 2-7 this year... Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the Cavaliers' starting lineup after missing four games for personal reasons. He finished with eight points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
02/25 21:18:06 ET