NBA James, Cavaliers hand Heat's Riley first loss
LaBron scored 41 and Donyell Marshall added 25 in the 115-107 win.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 41 points and Donyell Marshall added a season-high 25 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers hold off Miami 115-107 Saturday night, handing coach Pat Riley his first loss since taking over the Heat on Monday.
The Heat looked sluggish early, playing their fourth road game in five nights. Shaquille O'Neal got into foul trouble early and the Cavaliers led by as many as 22 late in the third quarter.
But Miami, playing with its reserves on the floor, pulled to 95-87 with 8:09 left on strong inside play from Alonzo Mourning and Antoine Walker.
James takes over
Then James took over, scoring Cleveland's next 13 points -- a layup high off the glass, three jumpers, a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer -- as the Cavs made it 108-98 with 3:29 to go.
Dwyane Wade's layup made it 111-107 with 43.7 seconds left. But he missed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers made enough free throws to hold off Miami.
The Heat had won four straight, including three with Riley after Stan Van Gundy resigned Monday. Cleveland has won two straight after dropping seven of nine.
James added 10 assists, five rebounds and was 12-of-13 from the foul line.
Marshall scored 14 points in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer with under a minute left for Cleveland's biggest lead, 93-71.
Wade led the Heat with 33 points. O'Neal tied a season-low with 10. Mourning scored 14 points and had Walker 10 points and seven assists.
Gooden sprains ankle
The Cavs' Drew Gooden sprained his left ankle when he came down on O'Neal's foot late in the first half. He had to be helped off the floor and did not return.
Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas lay sprawled out on the floor his hands over his head with 55.7 seconds left after colliding with Wade's shoulder on a lose ball for his sixth foul.
Coach Mike Brown ran out and called for a trainer and a few minutes later Ilgauskas walked off the court on his own with a large bruise over his right eye.
Cleveland's Larry Hughes scored 19 of his 20 points in the first half. He made back to back 3-pointers, then stole a pass and ran the length of the court to give Cleveland a 56-38 lead with 1:34 left