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Monday, March 2nd (All times eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (46-12) at Miami Heat (31-27), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The NBA's two top scorers matchup in South Beach on Monday as the class of the NBA's Central Division, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, finish off a four-game road trip in South Beach when they face off with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

The Cavs improved to 2-1 on the trek with a hard-fought win in Atlanta on Sunday after James, who is second to Wade with 28.3 points per game this season, went nearly 15 minutes without a field goal to close out the game but manufactured the winning play anyway as Cleveland pulled out an 88-87 victory over the Hawks with 1.6 seconds to play at Philips Arena.

James finished with game-bests of 26 points and 11 assists despite the drought and drew a foul with 1.6 ticks remaining that allowed his 1-of-2 showing at the line to hold up after Atlanta's Joe Johnson couldn't get a last-ditch jumper to fall.

"It was big (the win); every one is big but on the road it means a lot more against a playoff team like today," James said after the game.

Fellow All-Star Mo Williams buried 4-of-5 from three-point range, including a triple that tied the game at 87-apiece on his way to 20 points. Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who have won seven of eight overall and upped their road mark to 20-11.

The Heat, meanwhile, opened a three-game homestand on Saturday in thrilling fashion when Wade tied his own franchise record with 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead Miami in an impressive comeback win over the New York Knicks, 120-115.

The NBA's leader scorer at 29.0 ppg, Wade finished with 46 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, who have alternated wins and losses for the past 10 games.

Jermaine O'Neal added 18 points and seven boards, while Jamario Moon totaled 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat rallied from 16 down in the final quarter.

Udonis Haslem had 10 boards and eight points, and rookie Michael Beasley donated 12 points and seven boards for the Heat, who scored 19 in a row at one point late in the fourth.

Miami, which is now 20-10 in South Beach, will finish its residency against Phoenix on Wednesday.

The Cavs and Heat have split their first two meetings of the season, a home- and-home series on December 28 and 30 that saw each club win on its home floor.

03/02 10:32:36 ET


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