NBA: LeBron saves Cavaliers at the end, beat Heat 92-91


Wed, Jan 27, 2010 - Page 20

LeBron James hit two free throws for the winning points after a scary tumble with 4.1 seconds left as the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 92-91 on Monday.

Dwyane Wade, who missed a jump shot at the buzzer, finished with 32 points for Miami, all but two of them in what was an epic first half shootout between superstars. But he missed two big free throws with 41.2 seconds left, part of a 1 of 6 showing from the line by the Heat in the fourth quarter — and it cost Miami dearly.

Shaquille O’Neal scored 19, Daniel Gibson had 15 and Brazilian Anderson Varejao finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

Wade had 10 rebounds and five assists for Miami. Jermaine O’Neal finished with 18 points, Michael Beasley had 16 and Rafer Alston and Udonis Haslem each scored 10 for the Heat.


At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 12 assists to lead Boston to a win on a TD Garden floor that had to be continually wiped because of condensation.

Boston forward Kevin Garnett played his second straight after missing 10 consecutive games with a hyperextended right knee. He finished with 17 points in 30 minutes.

Rasual Butler led the Clippers with 17 points.

The slippery floor forced ball boys to mop one end while play was going on at the other for most of the game. Early in the game, it appeared a few players slipped.

PACERS 109, 76ERS 98

At Philadelphia, Danny Granger scored 26 points and Dahntay Jones had 18 points as Indiana earned a split of the home-and-away series with Philadelphia.

Jones scored seven straight points late in the fourth quarter that helped the Pacers put this one away.

Brandon Rush scored 16 points, and Troy Murphy had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers.

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Allen Iverson 20 for the Sixers.

In other NBA games it was:

• Grizzlies 99, Magic 94

• Hawks 102, Rockets 95

• Bulls 98, Spurs 93

• Jazz 124, Suns 115

• Nuggets 104, Bobcats 93

• Hornets 98, Trail Blazers 97