NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Miami
(Monday, January 21st)
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Miami 90
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 28 points with five assists and four steals, and the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the scuffling Miami Heat, 97-90, at American Airlines Arena.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland won its fourth straight. Drew Gooden had 11 points, and Damon Jones chipped in 10 off the bench.
Dwyane Wade had 42 points and seven assists, but they were not enough to keep Miami from having its losing streak reach 14 games. Shaquille O'Neal was the only other Heat player to reach double-digits in scoring, with 10 points. Udonis Haslem finished with 13 rebounds and nine points in the loss.
Wade scored a team-record 32 points in the second half, including the final 18 Miami points of the game, as he kept his team within two possessions for most of the fourth quarter.
With 30 seconds left, he drained a three to bring the Heat within 92-88. But James, after being fouled by Haslem, made two free throws.
After Wade made one more shot, a layup with 19 seconds left, Jones made 3-of-4 at the foul line to ice the game.
"We are going to win one day," Wade said. "We are going to win one of them. To fall short again, it hurts."
The Heat had a 28-27 lead after one quarter, and 52-49 at halftime.
Cleveland went ahead 72-66 near the end of the third quarter, but Wade made back-to-back buckets in the final 1:13, drawing the Heat within two heading into the fourth.
"This was the best third quarter we've had all season," James said. "We came out aggressive...It's not taking advantage of a team that's not playing so well, it's taking advantage of the opportunities that you get during the game."
Chris Quinn opened the final stanza with a jumper, knotting the game at 72-72. From that point the game was close, though Cleveland held the upper hand. Jones made consecutive baskets, giving the Cavs an 82-75 lead with 6:29 remaining.
The Cavaliers are a season-high four games over .500...Glen Rice (1992) and Sherman Douglas (1990) held the previous Miami record for points scored in a half, with 31...The Heat are 0-4 on their current seven-game homestand...Miami's longest franchise losing streak is 17, set in 1988...Cleveland shot 46.5 percent from the field, while Miami had a 44.6 percent mark. The Heat, however, made 1-of-13 from three-point range.
01/22 01:50:41 ET