MIAMI— The Miami Heat, playing without all star guard Dwyane Wade, survived a choppy, sloppy Tuesday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The South Beach Five started to take command early in the fourth quarter en route to a 92-85 win.
Their biggest lead was 8 points on 3 separate occasions in the fourth.
The first was with 4:26 to go on a Chris Bosh three pointer.
Former Cavalier LeBron James was guarded closely much of the night by Alonzo Gee or Anthony Parker.
James managed 18 points on 8 of 21 shooting from the field.
Bosh had a robust game, scoring 35 to lead all scorers.
Head coach Byron Scott was very unhappy with the team’s defensive effort in two blowout losses last week.
He had to be pleased with the effort Tuesday night, if not the offensive execution for much of the game.
The game was filled with turnovers galore, especially in the first quarter when the two teams combined for a measly 35 points.
Samardo Samuels came off the bench and provided a spark with power inside, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the first half.
Dunks were a huge part of Samuels’ arsenal.
James managed just seven for the Heat in the first 24 minutes.
The Cavs bench provided a boost in that first half, outscoring Miami’s pine unit 23-15.
The Cavs’ 20 total turnovers hurt them much of the night, but Miami was almost as sloppy with 17 turnovers.
The Cavaliers are right back in action on Wednesday night when the New York Knicks come to Quicken Loans Arena.