How many comebacks can we have in one game?
In a battle between two Eastern Conference rivals, the Miami Heat survived the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 109-105. This came after Cleveland closed a 22-point gap in the third quarter and Miami survived an eight-point hole in the fourth.
So where do we start?
At the 10:48 mark of the third quarter, the Heat led the Cavaliers by a score of 68-46. The general consensus was that Miami had secured this victory and all we had was garbage time remaining.
Au contraire—the Cavs would go on a 36-13 run and take an 82-81 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Kyrie Irving scored 10 points during the third quarter and facilitated the stunning surge as well. C.J. Miles converted 11 points during the final 1:58 of the third quarter alone.
Together, the duo led the Cavaliers to a one-point lead.
Come the fourth quarter, the Cavs continued to display resiliency by making shot after shot. With 5:16 remaining, they led 97-89.
And then Dwyane Wade happened.
D-Wade scored 11 of Miami's final 18 points to lead the Heat to an indescribably difficult victory. Wade also assisted Shane Battier's clutch three-pointer to give Miami the lead.
As for LeBron James, he posted 28 points and eight assists against his former team.
Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Truth be told, C.J. Miles of the Cleveland Cavaliers deserves Player of the Game honors. He scored 19 points and willed the Cavaliers to their improbable comeback.
With that being said, it was Dwyane Wade who won this game.
Wade scored 11 of his 24 points during the final 5:16 of the game. He hit clutch shot after clutch shot and brought Miami back to achieve victory.
An incredible fourth-quarter performance by "Flash."
What's Next for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
With the loss, the Cleveland Cavaliers fall to 18-38. They break a two-game winning streak in the process.
What's Next for the Miami Heat?
The Miami Heat move to 40-14 with their victory. They've won 11 consecutive games.
Up next, they play the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 26.