Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat came out of the gate gunning in their early Sunday evening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it looked like they were going to cruise their way to their 11th straight win.

The Cavaliers kept making little runs after Miami held a 13-point lead in the first quarter, and then an 18-point lead at halftime, but Miami would just go right off on a run of its own.

Miami ran its lead to 22 points at its peak in the third quarter, but Cleveland wasn't ready to die just yet.

A huge run, including 11 points in 40 seconds by C.J. Miles to close out the quarter, led to a one-point lead for the Cavaliers to start out the fourth quarter.

As Miami let Cleveland's bench extend the lead, LeBron came back into the game earlier than it would have hoped in order to slow down the Cavaliers' run that just never seemed to end.

The Heat settled for contested jump shots far too often, they let Cavs guards get by them and big men dribble around them. However, they ended up winning an unexpectedly close game 109-105 thanks to a big fourth quarter from Dwyane Wade.

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