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Wade's 41 points sink Cavs, 92-89


Published: Fri, February 2, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.


The Miami standout had 12 turnovers, but more than made up for them.
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade turned the ball over more than any Miami Heat player in history Thursday night. His teammates will likely forgive him.
Wade had 41 points -- including a team-record 24 points in the final quarter -- as Miami came from behind to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-89 in a game that had some bizarre occurrences down the stretch.
With the Heat up 87-86 with 20.4 seconds left, Wade took a hard foul in the face, courtesy of his good friend LeBron James -- who was called for a flagrant foul as Wade writhed in pain near midcourt. Wade made both free throws to push the lead to 89-86, then made one more after being fouled again 2.4 seconds later.
Wade had 12 turnovers, two more than his previous career-worst and one more than the dubious mark Kevin Edwards set during the Heat's expansion season 18 years ago. But he more than atoned for that by making 23 of 24 free throw attempts -- and the Heat needed all of them.
James has 17 points
James, bothered by a sprained right big toe, played 36 minutes and finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds -- but was 3-for-8 from the line and missed three free throws in a span of 17.2 seconds late in the game, including one that would have tied it with 44.8 seconds left.
Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points before fouling out and Jason Kapono added 13 for Miami. Daniel Gibson had 19 points and Drew Gooden added 11 for Cleveland.
After Wade's three-point play with 46.3 seconds left broke a tie, James was fouled by James Posey, a call that incensed Heat interim coach Ron Rothstein so much that he walked over to the scorers' table and slammed both fists on it.
Misses free throws
Rothstein was called for a technical foul and, after Zydrunas Ilgauskas made the free throw, James could have tied it with his two.
But he missed the first and, even though James hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to get Cleveland within 90-89, the Heat would eventually hold on -- giving James his seventh loss in as many trips to South Florida.
Cleveland led 41-38 at halftime, doing so despite a quiet opening half from James, who missed two of the Cavaliers' previous three games because of the toe injury.
James was 1-for-6 from the field in the first half, his only basket being an alley-oop dunk off Larry Hughes' assist. But James hit a 3-pointer only 21 seconds after intermission, sparking a 7-0 run that pushed Cleveland's lead to 48-38.
Miami went into the fourth down 66-58, then missed three shots on its first possession of the final quarter. After that futile trip, Damon Jones hit a 3-pointer to push Cleveland's lead to 11, but the Cavaliers unraveled from there.
Earlier Thursday, the Heat brought guard Eddie Jones back to Miami, signing him to a contract for the remainder of the season. Jones, who spent five seasons in Miami before being traded after the 2004-05 season, was in uniform but did not play.


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