LeBron and D-Wade both get 32, but in the end, Cavs find a way to beat Heat

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As expected, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade matched each other with superstar-calibre performances. The difference was that James hit his last shot.
James sunk two free throws after a scary tumble and blow to the head with 4.1 seconds left for the winning points, and Wade missed a jumper over the reigning MVP's outstretched arm at the buzzer as the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 92-91 on Monday night.
"It came down to one possession," said James, who matched Wade with a game-high 32 points. "Whoever got the last stop was going to win the game. Luckily it was us."
Wade had 30 at halftime, then only two the rest of the way - and 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.
It cost Miami dearly.
"We put ourselves in the right position," Wade said. "Just mistakes tonight that I made that I normally don't ... cost us."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Boston 95 Los Angeles Clippers 89; Indiana 109 Philadelphia 98; Memphis 99 Orlando 94; Atlanta 102 Houston 95; Chicago 98 San Antonio 93; Utah 124 Phoenix 115; Denver 104 Charlotte 93; and New Orleans 98 Portland 97.
At Miami, as great as the back-and-forth between Wade and James was at times, the last half-minute might be all anyone remembers from this one.
Guarding his good friend for the first time all night, Wade blocked James' shot with about 28 seconds left, giving Miami the ball and a one-point lead. But on the ensuing possession, James - defending Wade this time - came up with a steal when the league's defending scoring champion tried a wraparound pass, drove in from halfcourt and created what became a frightening scene for both teams.
James and Wade went toward the hoop together, with Quentin Richardson defending as well. Both James and Wade landed awkwardly, and James writhed in pain for about two minutes as the entire Cavs' bench came out to check on their fallen leader. He got up, walked Richardson's foul off and made two free throws with 4.1 seconds left for a 92-91 lead.
"For him to get up after that collision and knock down two free throws the way that he did, he's got ice water in his veins, baby," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "Ice water."
And in the ensuing huddle, Brown wanted to call a double-team on Wade. The coach was overruled.
"I got D-Wade," James said.
Wade's shot bounced off the iron, and it was over.
"The good, the bad, you're up, you're down," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I'll take it all with this team."
Shaquille O'Neal scored 19, Daniel Gibson had 15 and 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.
Jermaine O'Neal had 14 in the first quarter, Wade had 13 in the period, and Miami was off and running with a 34-24 lead after the first 12 minutes.
That was only the warmup act.
The second quarter was pure theatre, Wade versus LeBron.
So good was the show that hardly anyone noticed that Wade's teammates missed 15 straight shots over a 15 1/2-minute stretch, including 0-for-12 in the second quarter alone. Miami missed 12 straight before Wade made a step-back jumper with 3:37 left in the half put Miami up 40-39, and he followed that up with a three-pointer while getting fouled by Jamario Moon to ignite the crowd.
James answered, a three-pointer of his own making it a one-point game again.
It was on.
"The competition," Spoelstra said, "was fantastic."
Wade made a jumper and couldn't contain his grin as the building roared, knowing it was seeing a glorified game of 1-on-1 between two of the game's elite. James cleared everyone else out against Richardson, replying with a fallaway jumper of his own.
They were just getting started.
"Two really, really good friends, one of my best friends that I have, just two great competitors not wanting to lose to each other," James said. "But at the same time, knowing that we're putting on a show not only for each other, but for the fans and whoever was watching the game."
Celtics 95 Clippers 89
At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 12 assists, leading the Celtics to a win on a TD Garden floor that had to be continually wiped because of condensation.
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-home series with the 76ers.
Grizzlies 99 Magic 94
At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 23 points and 19 rebounds, O.J. Mayo added 20 points and the Grizzlies won their 11th straight home game.
Hawks 102 Rockets 95
At Houston, Josh Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Atlanta snapped a 10-game road losing streak against the Rockets.
Bulls 98 Spurs 93
At San Antonio, Derrick Rose shook off flu-like symptoms to score 27 points and the Bulls won their third straight.
Jazz 124 Suns 115
At Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 20 rebounds and rookie Wesley Matthews scored 10 of his career-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as Utah rallied for a win. Victoria's Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists, making him the eighth player in NBA history to surpass 8,000 assists.
Nuggets 104 Bobcats 93
At Denver, Chauncey Billups scored 27 points, Aaron Afflalo matched his career high with 24 points and the depleted Nuggets beat the Bobcats for their season-high seventh straight win.
Hornets 98 Trail Blazers 97
At Portland, Ore., Chris Paul made a 15-foot jumper with 3.8 seconds remaining, lifting New Orleans over the Trail Blazers.

Organizations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics, Grizzlies Trail Blazers

Geographic location: Miami, Cleveland, Boston Philadelphia Indiana Memphis, Tenn. Houston Atlanta San Antonio Salt Lake City Utah Victoria Denver Portland, Ore. New Orleans

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