BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Ray Allen's fourth quarter
LeBron found Allen with 18 seconds left for the game-winning three-pointer. Allen had 15 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 5 of 6 from the field with three three-pointers.
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Heat's effort in the first half
The Heat's perimeter defense allowed the Cavaliers 10 three-pointers in the first half. Meanwhile, Miami had nine turnovers in the first half with LeBron and Dwyane Wade committing seven.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 37
The Heat attempted 37 free throws, making 29. Dwyane Wade brought down the Heat's average from the line, going 6 of 10. LeBron James was 8 of 9 from the line and Chris Bosh was 11 of 13.
LINE OF THE NIGHT: We're giving it to Omri Casspi, the latest player to turn in an inspired effort against the Heat. The Israeli was 4 of 4 from three-point range and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line for 15 points.
THINGS I THOUGHT I'D NEVER SEE: Two offensive charges by Mike Miller in the same game.
THEY SAID IT
“We know how to win. Good teams, great teams, find a way to win. We played well, I think. Cleveland played an unbelievable game as well. We made enough stops and we continued to execute offensively to win the game.”
DWYANE WADE, on the timeout before the Heat's two-minute comeback
“We are a very confident team. The biggest thing for us was, we had to get stops on the defensive end but offensively, let’s just run our sets. Coach drew up a play like normal to run our sets and all we needed to talk about was that we needed to get stops, the only way we can win this game is if we can stop them from scoring the basketball, if not, they would win. Nothing dramatic, just a regular go about-your-business type of huddle.”
RAY ALLEN, on LeBron
“He is a great passer. I’ve just been trying to read him and get in situations where I give him an outlet.”
“We didn’t play smart offense. We lost the game. Last night (against the Orlando Magic) was the same way. We’re going to have to figure out how to win games in the last two to three minutes. We’re playing well. We’re playing good defense most times. We’re playing good offense, but we just can’t close out games right now."
ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS
The Cavaliers played nine players and eight of them scored in double figures. Considering Cleveland was without Kyrie Irving and playing the defending champs on the second night of a back-to-back, it was an impressive performance. The Cavs were one bucket away from pulling out the win but went scoreless in the final two minutes.
—Heat is 49-39 against the Cavaliers all-time.
—During its current four-game wining streak, Miami has held opponents to a combined field-goal percentage of .429.
—Miami is the first team in the Eastern Conference to reach 10 wins this season. San Antonio has 10 wins in the West.
—With a 6-0 record at AmericanAirlines Arena to begin the season, the Heat is off to its best record at home in franchise history.
—The 13-point deficit the Heat overcame against the Cavs was the largest of the season. Previously, the largest come back was against the Suns on the road (nine points).
—LeBron has scored 20 or more points in each of the Heat's first 13 games. He leads the league 20-point games.
—LeBron leads the league in field goals (129).
—Chris Bosh became the fourth member of the 2004 draft class to scored 13,000 points with a put back in the fourth quarter. Here's the short list: LeBron James (19,372), Dwyane Wade (15,171), Carmelo Anthony (16,204) and Bosh (13,001).
—Ray Allen's 15 points in the fourth quarter was his high for a quarter this season. LeBron had 16 points in the third and fourth quarters against Houston.