Jones had 18 points, including two free throws with 12.1 seconds left in overtime, and 15 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers past the Miami Heat 86-81 Friday night.
"Jumaine was outstanding," Cleveland coach John Lucas said
after his team won for the second time in five games. "This was a
big win for us. This was exceptionally big considering it was on
the road against a team that is getting better."
Jones went 7-for-15 from the floor, picking up the scoring slack
because Andre Miller was just 1-for-13, though he did finish with
"Coach keeps telling us, 'Other players have to step up and take the shot,"' Jones said.
Miller made the most of his only field goal -- a 3-pointer with
24 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. He missed all
nine of his field-goal attempts before that basket.
"As long a we got the win, it really doesn't matter," Miller said of his shooting woes. "We fought back hard when we needed it."
Miami, just 3-17 in its last 20 games, appeared headed for
victory in regulation before Jones and Miller sank 3-pointers for
the Cavaliers in the final 1:12.
"The two 3-pointers they made at the end to get it tied were
real backbreakers," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "The
end-of-the-game situation was terrible on my part. I should have
got them something better than I got them. We played hard."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points, and Wesley Person 13 for Cleveland, which is 3-0 against Miami this season. It's the first
time the Cavaliers have beaten the Heat three straight games since
the 1990-91 season.
Chris Mihm added 12 points and had a key tip-in off a missed
driving shot by Miller to give the Cavaliers an 84-81 lead with
41.6 seconds left in overtime.
"I weaved my way in there and tipped it in," Mihm said.
"They didn't look like they were setting up for a 3-pointer," Mihm said. "They looked like they wanted to make a quick 2. I stepped in there."
Miami led 76-72 on Mourning's basket with 1:20 remaining in
regulation. After Jumaine Jones hit a 3-pointer eight seconds
later, Mourning's hook shot made it 78-75 with 41.6 seconds left.
Coming off a franchise-tying low 56 points in a loss to the Utah
Jazz on Tuesday, the Heat shot just 35 percent from the field
"We are challenged offensively, it's obvious," Riley said. "I would say there were at least 20 times where players had shots where they simply won't take them or they look for something else."
Down by 11 points early in the third quarter, the Heat battled
back and took a 57-55 lead on Jones' reverse layup. The score was
59-all heading into the fourth quarter.
Person scored 13 points in the first half, and Cleveland led
45-36 at the break. Ilgauskas scored 10 in the second quarter.
Game notes Miami put PG Anthony Carter on the injured list with a
lower abdominal strain and activated F Malik Allen. Carter's injury might require surgery that would keep him out at least two weeks.
... Miller, who last week missed a game for the first time in three
NBA seasons, tumbled in the first quarter after tangling feet with teammate Jumaine Jones. Miller was cut on his leg, but returned early in the second quarter. ... Person is 16-for-27 from 3-point range the last eight games. ... Miami F Brian Grant, who had nine points and 10 rebounds, has scored in double digits just twice in
nine games since returning from a foot injury. ... Miami is 2-2 in overtime; Cleveland is 2-0.