LeBron James nets 25 as Heat escape Cavaliers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – LeBron James scored 25 points while Dwyane Wade added 24 points as the Miami Heat finished strong en route to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

James also missed a triple-double by just a rebound and assist while Chris Bosh added 22 points and 11 boards as the Heat unleashed an 11-1 run late in the game to put the Cavaliers away.

Ray Allen added 12 while Mario Chalmers had 11 for the Heat, who won three of their last four games to improve their record to 17-6.

Kyrie Irving scored 19 points, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters added 16 markers apiece and Jarrett Jack had 14 for the Cavaliers (9-14), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Two other players scored in double digits for the Cavaliers, with Earl Clark adding 12 and Alonzo Gee contributing 10 for coach Mike Brown, who was ejected with 3:14 left in the second quarter and Cleveland trailing 55-45.

Brown was upset that no foul was called when Cavs forward Alonzo Gee had his layup attempt blocked by Heat forward Shane Battier.

James scored 13 while Wade added 10 as the Heat took a 35-29 lead after the first quarter, which was highlighted by 10 lead changes.

The Heat grabbed control with an 18-3 run in the second quarter and took a 68-52 lead at the break.

The Heat extended their lead to 19 but the Cavaliers outscored them, 28-16, in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 84-80 entering the fourth.

The Cavaliers stormed ahead, 100-98, after a layup by Waiters and a foul shot by Anderson Varejao with 4:16 left but the Heat countered with an 11-1 run to put the game away.

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