Final - Heat 110, Cavs 108
Ray Allen transformed into Jesus Shuttlesworth down the stretch and it proved too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers to overcome.
Allen hit one critical basket after another and he helped to again prove why Miami went out and added the free agent guard this summer.
For the game, Allen finished 6-11 from the field for 17 points. He went 3-5 from the three-point line and completed his night with a plus/minus of plus two. That number proved to be the difference in the game.
Jeremy Pargo filled in admirably for the injured Kyrie Irving on the Cavs side. He scored 16 points, was a +11 on the night, and is now averaging 19.6 points per game in three starts for the Cavaliers.
But his game tying shot was blocked and the Heat comeback was complete.
LeBron James led all scorers with 30 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. James posted a plus/minus of +7 on the game.
James is now 7-1 against his former team and a perfect 7-0 at home.
He was supported in the scoring column by Chris Bosh (plus/minus +8) who finished with 23, doing the majority of his damage from the free throw line.
Bosh went to the stripe 13 times and made 11 while adding seven rebounds.
Dion Waiters finished with a plus/minus of -4 with 16 points matched up against Dwyane Wade who finished +9 with 18 himself.
Keys To the Game
Three-Point Shooting: After shooting over 50 percent from three-point range during the first half, the Miami Heat defense stifled the Cavaliers' second half efforts from deep.
Cleveland connected on only three of 12 in the second half from behind the arc. Miami ended up finishing with a higher percentage overall for the game, making nine of the 19 three-point field goals they attempted.
Free Throw Shooting: Both teams shot it well from the free throw line. Miami was just able to convert on five more attempts. The Heat made 29 of 37 attempts while the Cavaliers connected on 24 of 33.
The free throws kept Miami in it during the first half too, despite being out-played early in all phases of the game.
Bench Scoring: The Cavaliers kept this game close because of their second unit. The Cleveland reserves hadn't done much all season, but they did enough tonight to out-score Miami's bench 41-26.
The Cavaliers had eight players finish the game in double figures. Miami only had four. Seventeen of those 26 points were scored by Allen.
Rebounding: Anderson Varejao grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds but his team was still out-done by seven in that category. Miami collected 39 rebounds on the night as compared to 32 for Cleveland.
The Miami Heat move to 10-3 with victory, winning now their last four in a row. The Cavaliers fall to 3-10, having now lost their last two.
End of 3rd - Cavs 79, Heat 77
The Cavaliers cooled off from three-point range in 3rd quarter. They went 0-4 from deep in the period but did enough to cling to the two point lead.
Dwyane Wade came to life in the 3rd period, scoring eight, and has 13 right now. His plus/minus is at +1. James is at -1 with a game-high 25 points.
Omri Casspi has 13 off the bench for Cleveland and Tristan Thompson has 13 as well to lead the Cavaliers.
Halftime - Cavs 59, Heat 48
Six different Cavaliers have hit from three-point range tonight. For the half, Cleveland has connected on 10 three's overall. Miami is 4-11 from three.
LeBron James is -10 on the game with four turnovers to go along with his 11 points. Don't expect the turnovers to continue. If it does, the Cavaliers chances only increase.
Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, has 11 rebounds.
1st quarter - Cavs 29, Heat 26
LeBron James will play host to his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, tonight in Miami for the first time since winning an NBA championship last season with the Heat.
The Cavs (3-9) and the Heat (9-3) are trending in opposite directions.
Miami enters having won three straight and four of its last five. Its latest win was a 113-106 decision Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tonight will mark the eighth time LeBron has faced his former team.