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Cavaliers 108 - HEAT 110 Game Recap

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The Miami HEAT knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-108 after some late-game heroics from Ray Allen. Allen's 15 fourth quarter points and game-winning three pointer steered the HEAT to their 10th victory on the season and fourth straight overall. The HEAT return to action Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs. Here's a game recap:

Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James led the team in scoring, but Ray Allen stole the show. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including three three-pointers and the game-winner. It was Allen’s second game winning three-pointer this season. The first, against the Nuggets, also came on a pass from James.

The Deciding Run: After a Daniel Gibson three-pointer with 1:58 left, the Cavaliers had a 108-101 lead. From that point on the HEAT went on a 9-0 run to win 110-108. Ray Allen scored the last eight of those points.

Play of the Game: Instead of going with one play, we’re going to go with back-to-back plays. With the HEAT down two, LeBron James, from the high-post, was able to find Ray Allen at the break on the three-point line. Allen drilled the three. On the Cavaliers’ next possession, Dwyane Wade blocked Jeremy Pargo’s jumper, all but clinching the HEAT victory.

Sum It Up, Coach: “They did enough to put themselves in position to win on the road. They played a great game on both ends of the court. Our guys absolutely relish those moments in the fourth quarter, the competitive spirit of a close game. [We] made big plays going down the stretch. We need to get out of here as quickly as we can before they put more time on that clock.” –Erik Spoelstra

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 116.7; Defensive Efficiency: 114.3

Trend to Watch: The HEAT again won the rebounding battle, against a team that boasts the NBA’s best rebounder in Anderson Varejao. The HEAT have found a way to break even or win the battle on the boards pretty much all season. Last season Miami finished sixth in total rebounding percentage. The HEAT entered the game against the Cavaliers just 18th this season. Look for the HEAT to climb those rankings as the season wears on an players become more familiar in with their roles.

The Takeaway: The HEAT have been living on the edge a little bit with all of the close games recently. Tonight, the HEAT led for a total of about two minutes. These are the kinds of wins that aren’t perfect, but count the same as a blowout. You put this in your back pocket, but know that a stiff test is coming next Thursday when the Spurs come to town. With a few practice days before that game, the HEAT have plenty of time to iron out some kinks.

Notes: LeBron James finished with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists. Chris Bosh added 23 points and seven rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. The HEAT shot 47.4 percent from three-point range. Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris were inactive. Shane Battier left the game with a knee injury.

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