The Heat survived a game Cleveland Cavaliers squad Tuesday night, holding on for 100-96 win. The win pushes the Heat record to 46-19.
For the Heat, LeBron scored a game-high 43 points, including 25 in the first quarter. He also finished with six rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, two of which took place in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter with the game in the balance. Chris Bosh added 21 points and six rebounds, including 12 points in the fourth quarter. Ray Allen contributed 14 points off the bench.
For the Cavaliers, Jarrett Jack scored 22 points. Dion Waiters scored 17 points and dished 11 assists. Anderson Varejao finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
LeBron and the Heat jumped out to a big first quarter, as James scored 25 of the team’s 37 points. They held a 12 point lead after the quarter (37-25), but that lead soon evaporated and the Cavs eventually took a 44-42 midway through the second. The Heat were able to push back ahead before halftime (59-54). The Heat allowed the Cavs to regain the lead briefly in the third, before tying the game at 79 heading into the fourth. As mentioned earlier, Bosh and the energy from a Udonis Haslem stint were really crucial in the fourth, as the Heat were able to pull away and keep the lead for the win.
This game also gave some credence to the comments made by LeBron last week, when he mentioned that playing with a healthy Dwyane Wade has taken him out of his rhythm. With Wade out (presumably for rest), James looked engaged to start the game, and his first quarter was the proof.
The Heat’s next game to Wednesday night, when the team travels to Boston, to take on the Celtics (22-46). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
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