Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, November 24th
Game 3: Friday, December 21st
Game 4: Monday, January 21st

Cavaliers 86

(11-15, 4-9 away)

Heat 81

(5-19, 3-11 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 21, 2001

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 21 48 0 986
    MIA 20 46 0 1281

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: J. Jones 18 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miami: E. Jones 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Cavs, Heat combine for 38 percent shooting

    MIAMI (AP) -- On a night when the Cleveland Cavaliers shot 38 percent from the field, Jumaine Jones delivered with the game on the line.


    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 10 points.

    "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.

    He then blocked a dunk attempt by Eddie Jones, who scored a game-high 24 points. Alonzo Mourning added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Rod Strickland scored 14 for Miami.

    "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 against Cleveland.

    "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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 81
    FGM-FGA 30-80 (.375) 32-91 (.352)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 2-13 (.154)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-55 14-47
    Assists 14 12
    Turnovers 18 8
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 11 9
    Fast Break Points 9 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 17 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Jumaine Jones Jones
    Points: 18
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4