LeBron James fell just shy of a triple double with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as James and the Heat defeated his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 114-107 Saturday night.
It was a huge night for all of the Heat’s “Big Three,” not just James.
Dwyane Wade dropped 24 points, six rebounds and six assists while Chris Bosh had 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Kyrie Irving had 19 points, four steals and three assists and Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters added 16 points apiece for the Cavaliers.
The Heat looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory after building a 19-point third quarter lead. The Cavaliers had other plans, rallying to take a two-point lead late in the game. However, with the Cavaliers leading 100-98 with 4:16 to play, the Heat got a Bosh jumper, a five-footer from James, a Norris Cole layup and two free throws from Ray Allen while keeping the Cavaliers scoreless. After Anderson Varejao hit one of two free throws, Mario Chalmers hit a three-pointer to cap an 11-1 run and put the game away.
The Heat improve to 17-6 while the Cavaliers fall to 9-14.