The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday night to improve to 2-0 on the preseason.
Despite trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, Miami stormed back in the fourth quarter behind 14 points from rookie Shabazz Napier, who tied things up at 105 after sinking two free throws with just seconds remaining in regulation.
All told, Miami outscored Cleveland 31-21 in the fourth quarter. But thanks to A.J. Price's hot shooting (3-of-4 from three) in the extra session, the Cavaliers escaped with a three-point win in Brazil.
Six Cavaliers players finished in double figures, including Kevin Love, who led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting (4-of-5 from three). Dion Waiters (16), Anderson Varejao (14), Tristan Thompson (18), Price (12) and Joe Harris (11) were the other primary contributors.
Thompson led all players with nine rebounds on a night when Cleveland out-rebounded Miami by four.
LeBron James was relatively quiet on offense, managing just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting while dropping a team-high eight assists in 21 minutes.
With the loss, Miami is now 0-3 in exhibition contests this season.