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Cleveland at Miami

Heat overcome Cavs, turnovers as Wade sets three team records

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- With less than eight minutes remaining, the Miami Heat were in a 12-point hole and their superstar guard had already established a franchise record for most turnovers in a game.

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"I knew it had to get better," Dwyane Wade said.

And it did.

Wade had 41 points -- including a team-record 24 points in the final quarter -- as Miami pulled off a big rally to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-89 in a game that had some bizarre occurrences down the stretch.

The All-Star guard set three team records: most free throws made in a game (23, in 24 chances) and most turnovers (12).

"I knew it was a matter of time before I got going," Wade said. "I was just hoping it came soon."

After his heroics down the stretch, his teammates will gladly look past the ballhandling troubles.

"He's a great player, great unselfish player," said Shaquille O'Neal, who had 16 points before fouling out. "We're going to ride him."

While Miami's franchise player was in top form late, Cleveland's star was obviously hurting.

LeBron James, bothered by a sprained right big toe, played 36 minutes and finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds -- but was 3-for-8 from the line and missed three free throws in a span of 17.2 seconds late in the game, including one that would have tied it with 44.8 seconds left.

"We had a lot of chances," James said. "I take full responsibility for this loss."

After Wade's three-point play with 46.3 seconds left broke a tie, James was fouled by James Posey, a call that incensed Heat interim coach Ron Rothstein so much that he walked over to the scorers' table and slammed it with both fists.

Rothstein was called for a technical foul and, after Zydrunas Ilgauskas made the free throw, James could have tied it with his two. But he missed the first and, even though James hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to get Cleveland within 90-89, the Heat would eventually hold on -- giving James his seventh loss in as many trips to South Florida.

"It was inexcusable that I got a technical foul at that time," Rothstein said. "Totally inexcusable."

Rothstein's technical wasn't the only wild play in the final minute.

With the Heat up 87-86 with 20.4 seconds left, Wade took a hard foul in the face, courtesy of his good friend James -- who was called for a flagrant foul as Wade writhed in pain near midcourt. Wade made both free throws to push the lead to 89-86, then made one more after being fouled again 2.4 seconds later.

"He was just going for the steal," Wade said.

"D-Wade knows it's not intentional," James said. "But it's part of the rules, you've got to call it."

James missed a long shot that would have tied the game at the buzzer.

"This is a tough team to play," Cleveland forward Drew Gooden said. "We'll be back."

Jason Kapono had 13 points for Miami. Daniel Gibson had 19 points and Gooden added 11 for Cleveland.

Wade's turnovers were two more than his previous career worst and one more than the dubious mark Kevin Edwards set during the Heat's expansion season 18 years ago.

Cleveland led 41-38 at halftime, despite a quiet opening half from James, who missed two of the Cavaliers' previous three games because of the toe injury.

James was 1-for-6 from the field in the first half, his only basket being an alley-oop dunk off Larry Hughes' assist. But James hit a 3-pointer only 21 seconds after intermission, sparking a 7-0 run that pushed Cleveland's lead to 48-38.

Cleveland's biggest lead was 12 on two occasions, the last on Eric Snow's jumper with 8:01 left, but Miami outscored the Cavaliers 28-13 from there.

Wade's 24 free-throw attempts matched as many as the Cavaliers got in the game. Miami was 28-for-35 as a team, Cleveland 15-for-24.

"Dwyane Wade shoots more free throws than our entire team, or maybe ties," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "I have no idea how we can guard the guy."

Notes

  • O'Neal and Wade got their All-Star jerseys before the game. Both were voted as Eastern Conference starters.
  • The Cavs' loss ensured Washington coach Eddie Jordan of coaching the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game.
  • Plenty of celebrities were in the crowd, including tennis star Andy Roddick, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Dallas wide receiver Terrell Owens, Chicago defensive end Adewale Ogunleye (taking a break from his Super Bowl preparations), and former tennis pro Anna Kournikova, accompanied as always by singer Enrique Iglesias.
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Dwyane Wade commits a career-worst 12 turnovers, but scores 41 points to hold off the Cavaliers.  (AP)
Dwyane Wade commits a career-worst 12 turnovers, but scores 41 points to hold off the Cavaliers. (AP)

Scoreboard
Cleveland (26-20) 1625252389
Miami (21-25) «1721203492
CLE:D. Gibson 19 Pts
CLE:D. Gooden 9 Reb
CLE:L. James 9 Ast
MIA:D. Wade 41 Pts
MIA:A. Walker 10 Reb
MIA:D. Wade 5 Ast
Players of the Game
MiamiCleveland

D. Wade

L. James
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
41451769
Cleveland
L. Hughes, SG374-110-03148
L. James, SF366-183-869417
D. Gooden, PF324-93-591211
Z. Ilgauskas, C282-52-35046
E. Snow, PG132-50-00414
D. Gibson, PG295-85-611119
A. Varejao, PF171-10-02052
D. Marshall, PF152-50-04015
S. Pavlovic, SF154-72-212210
D. Jones, PG142-50-01115
S. Pollard, C51-20-00042
I. Newble, SFDid Not Play
D. Wesley, SGDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
S. Brown, SGDid Not Play
Totals 33-7615-2432192989
 43.4%62.5% 
Miami
D. Wade, PG429-2023-2445041
J. Kapono, SF355-80-020213
U. Haslem, PF313-41-49027
A. Mourning, C131-40-01042
J. Williams, PGDid Not Play
G. Payton, PG353-60-04216
J. Posey, SF321-50-06033
S. O'Neal, C286-134-782616
A. Walker, PF242-60-010014
E. Jones, SGDid Not Play
M. Doleac, CDid Not Play
D. Wright, SFDid Not Play
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
W. Simien, PFDid Not Play
C. Quinn, PGDid Not Play
R. Hite, SGDid Not Play
Totals 30-6628-354491992
 45.5%80.0% 
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