Predicated by lethargic play and sloppy ball control, the Heat found themselves down by seven with just under two minutes to play. Hoping to stay unblemished at home this season, the Heat rallied back, lead by Ray Allen, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter.
Trailing by 1, LeBron James drove and dished to a open ray Allen, who hit the go ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Allen continues to do what he's been doing his whole career: hit big shots in the clutch.
"I'm able to be the Tom Brady of the play all the time. For some reason, it ends up in my hand and I find Ray. Big-time shot." - James said
"He's a great passer. He attacks throughout the whole game. Me, what I've been doing, I'm just trying to read him." - Allen said
Dwyane Wade got a key block on guard Jeremy Pargo on the other end and after Allen made 1 of 2 free throws, Chris Bosh blocked the Cavaliers 3-point attempt to end regulation.
LeBron James lead all scores with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists but also collected a season high 7 turnovers. Miami committed 18 turnovers but shot over 50% and outrebounded the Cavaliers by 7.
Dwyane Wade finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, Chris Bosh collected 23 points and 7 rebounds and Ray Allen had 17 much needed points off the bench.
Going against a short handed Cavaliers team, who were playing without rookie of the year stud Kyrie Irving, the Heat seemed to take it relatively slow throughout the game. Despite falling short, the Cavaliers had well rounded effort, finishing with an extraordinary 8 players in double digit scoring.
"It speaks to the competitive will that the guys have at the end of close games. We have a lot of gamers in that locker room. They rise to the occasion. They want situations like that. That can be dangerous, as well." - Erik Spoelstra said
The Heat are now 10-3 on the season and tied for the 2nd best record in the NBA. Their next game will be against the 10-2 San Antonio Spurs on November 29th.