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Cleveland at Miami

Cavs send Heat to 14th consecutive loss despite Wade's 42 points

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- As the final seconds ticked away, LeBron James gave Dwyane Wade a friendly tap near midcourt.

James knew he'd just seen Wade's best.

And it still wasn't enough for the Miami Heat to snap this dreadful losing streak.

James scored 28 points and added five assists, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Heat 97-90 on Monday night -- his first victory in nine career trips to Miami and enough to send the 2006 NBA champions to their 14th consecutive loss, the second-worst slide in franchise history.

"D-Wade played incredibly well," James said, "but we made more plays."

Wade scored 42 points for the Heat, who are 8-32 overall -- 2½ games better than Minnesota in the battle for the league's worst record. The Heat started 0-17 in their expansion 1988-89 season, and with defending NBA champion San Antonio coming in Thursday, it's not getting easy anytime soon.

"I feel great empathy for our guys," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

Wade scored Miami's final 18 points and had 32 in the second half, both franchise records.

The rest of the Heat in the second half?

They shot 3-for-21, managing six points.

"Right now, we absolutely need him," Riley said. "He's doing everything he can do."

Wade hit a 3-pointer with 30.8 seconds left to get the Heat within 92-88, before James essentially sealed it with two free throws 4.8 seconds later.

Wade's 3 was Miami's only make in 12 attempts from beyond the arc, but marked the team's 129th consecutive game with at least one connection from long range.

That streak doesn't matter to the Heat.

The 14-in-a-row is the one they can't snap, no matter what they try.

"We're going to win one of them," Wade said. "Every game, there's that hope."

Shaquille O'Neal finished with 10 points, all in the first half, for Miami, and Udonis Haslem added nine points and 13 rebounds.

O'Neal will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine if the severity of the lingering hip injury has changed. He did not speak with reporters after the game.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are 8-1 in January.

"We're just playing great basketball," James said.

Drew Gooden scored 11 points while Sasha Pavlovic and Damon Jones each scored 10 for Cleveland, which tied the game on Pavlovic's 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half and never trailed again.

"They're a way better team than the record displays," Gooden said. "They have great players and they just have to find a way to get it done."

Things didn't start well for Miami, which trailed 12-5 when O'Neal went into the Heat locker room, followed by trainer Ron Culp, with 8:33 left in the opening period. Culp re-taped O'Neal's ailing left hip, which kept him out of eight straight games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 11.

Though limping, O'Neal was effective at times.

He went 4-for-6 for 10 points in the half, his backup Mark Blount went 3-for-5 for another eight points -- plus took a charging foul against James with 0.3 seconds left before intermission -- and the Heat went into the break leading 52-49.

Cleveland seemed poised to pull away at times in the third, opening the quarter with a quick 7-0 run to erase Miami's lead, and going up by seven points on two occasions later in the period.

"The best third quarter we had all season," James said.

But Wade -- who had seven assists in the half, none in the third period -- scored Miami's last eight points of the quarter, including a jumper with 36.7 seconds left to get his team within 72-70 entering the fourth. He went 6-for-10 from the floor in the third, while his teammates combined to shoot 2-for-11.

He didn't get much help in the fourth either, and the futility lived on.

"To get a win against this team, it's a good win for us," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said.

Notes

  • Cleveland had lost nine straight overall in Miami.
  • Both teams took part in a pregame ceremony to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Heat center Alonzo Mourning read excerpts of the civil rights leader's famed "I have a dream" speech.
  • Although the Cleveland media guide lists Jones as a Patriots fan, the Cavs' guard says he really is a Dallas Cowboys fan -- but is rooting for New England in the Super Bowl anyway. "I want to see history," Jones said.
  • Wade, who ranks seventh in the NBA in free-throw attempts, didn't get to the line until 45 seconds remained in the first half.
  • James had the ball in his hands against Ricky Davis to end each of the first three quarters, going scoreless every time.
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Dwyane Wade scores 42 points, but his effort gets overshadowed by another Miami loss.  (Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade scores 42 points, but his effort gets overshadowed by another Miami loss. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Cleveland (22-18) «2722232597
Miami (8-32) 2824182090
CLE:L. James 28 Pts
CLE:Z. Ilgauskas 11 Reb
CLE:L. James 5 Ast
MIA:D. Wade 42 Pts
MIA:U. Haslem 13 Reb
MIA:D. Wade 7 Ast
Players of the Game
MiamiCleveland

D. Wade

L. James
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
42672835
Cleveland
L. James, SF4011-265-535428
Z. Ilgauskas, C305-113-4110513
L. Hughes, SG284-80-02029
D. Gooden, PF275-71-251211
S. Pavlovic, SG204-71-234310
A. Varejao, C333-80-010336
D. Gibson, PG282-100-01214
D. Jones, PG203-43-411010
D. Brown, SG153-50-06016
D. Marshall, PFDid Not Play
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
I. Newble, SFDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
S. Brown, PGDid Not Play
C. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8613-1742162197
 46.5%76.5% 
Miami
U. Haslem, PF433-83-413349
D. Wade, SG4017-297-867342
J. Williams, PG304-120-00108
S. O'Neal, C284-82-351410
D. Wright, SF163-61-12027
C. Quinn, PG261-20-01032
R. Davis, SG251-50-03222
M. Blount, C203-72-26018
D. Cook, SG111-60-21012
A. Mourning, CDid Not Play
S. Parker, PGDid Not Play
L. Jackson, SFDid Not Play
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
A. Johnson, SFDid Not Play
J. Anthony, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-8315-2037142090
 44.6%75.0% 
Other Games
Bos 109 Final
NY 93
Dal 84 Final
Wash 102
SA 95 Final
Char 86
Port 111 Final
Atl 109
Ind 110 Final
Phi 103
Sea 89 Final
Hou 96
Mil 92 Final
NO 106
Utah 109 Final
LAC 93
Min 109 Final
GS 108
Chi 90 Final
Mem 104
Det 100 Final
Orl 102
Den 99 Final
LAL 116