Cavaliers vs. Heat final score: Heat hold on late in 114-107 victory over Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann

The Heat gave up a 19-point lead but managed to close out the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter.

The Miami Heat avoided a second-half collapse in a 114-107 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, just shy of a triple-double as the Heat bounced back from their loss against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

James scored seven points and dished out three assists in the fourth quarter after the Heat were outscored 28-16 in the third quarter. Chris Bosh finished with a double-double, dropping 22 points along with 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade also scored 24 points.

Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Cleveland's bench combined for 53 points and Dion Waiters had a big fourth quarter for Cleveland, scoring nine of his 16 points in the final frame. Tristan Thompson added in 16 points for Cleveland.

Miami gave up a 19-point lead but Cleveland couldn't close out the game defensively, allowing Miami to shoot 55 percent as a team and giving up 68 points through the first half.

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