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Cavaliers 105 - HEAT 109 Game Recap and Infographic

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Danny Martinez

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The Miami HEAT won their 11th straight game, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-105. With the win the HEAT improve to 40-14. The HEAT overcame a late deficit on the back of Dwyane Wade. The HEAT return to action Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings.

Impact Performance of the Night: Dwyane Wade provided a vintage performance in Sunday’s fourth quarter against the Cavaliers. Wade scored 15 of the HEAT’s 28 points in the quarter, including the dunk that sealed the victory. For the game, Wade finished with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Deciding Run: The HEAT led much of the game before the Cavaliers came storming back in the second half. A C.J. Miles three-pointer with 5:16 left in the game gave the Cavaliers a 97-89 lead. Over the next four minutes the HEAT outscored the Cavaliers 16-4. Dwyane Wade scored 11 points during the flurry.

Play of the Game: There were numerous highlights throughout the game, but Dwyane Wade stole the show. With under 30 seconds left and the HEAT leading by two, Wade and LeBron James ran a pick-and-roll with James as the screener. Wade got a step on the defender, turned the corner, drove through the lane and finished with a thunderous slam. The dunk gave the HEAT a four-point lead with 24 seconds left. They were able to close it out with free throws.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 119.0; Defensive Efficiency: 115.9

Trend to Watch: Over the last six minutes, the HEAT pounded the high efficiency areas of the floor. The HEAT attempted eight shots in the last six minutes, all of them coming from the corner or in the paint. The HEAT’s effective field goal percentage over that span was 81.3 percent. When an offense is able to generate quality looks late, against set defenses, it’s impressive. When push came to shove, the HEAT got what they wanted, when they wanted it. The closing minutes were very, very strong.

The Takeaway: The winning streak is now 11 games, the longest for the HEAT since 2004. With tonight’s win, the HEAT finished off four games in five days with four victories, no small feat. While things got murky during the second half, the HEAT did play well for most of the game. The offense was very efficient, largely a product of the shot selection.

Notes: LeBron James finished with 28 points and eight assists. Mario Chalmers added 16 points and four assists. Shane Battier and Ray Allen combined for 25 points, including seven made three-pointers. Jarvis Varnado was inactive.

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Nice win, even more impressive coming from the allstar break and winning 4 games in five days. Although the 3rd qtr was atrocious, MIAMI once again displayed that proverbial 'on switch'...TEAM HEAT since '88!

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Plus Ray Allen and Battier combined for 25 points but I'm sure you just miss-typed number 1 instead of number 2 on your keyboard :D

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danny 11 is not are highest 14 is in the 04 05 season just trying to help

You're absolutely right. The last 11 game streak was in 1997, but in 2005 they had streaks of 12 and 14. Thanks for pointing my mistake out. I'll edit it now.

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Plus Ray Allen and Battier combined for 25 points but I'm sure you just miss-typed number 1 instead of number 2 on your keyboard :D

Yep. Man, last night was not my best effort.

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