The Miami Heat rebounded from their home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-85 on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat came out flat and uninspired again, but rode a brilliant performance, particularly in the fourth quarter, from Chris Bosh to the seven-point win. Bosh scored a season-high 35 points for Miami, including 18 in the fourth quarter as the Heat were finally able to get a lead and put some cushion between them and a game Cavs squad. Bosh was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line - the most points he's had from the charity stripe since he joined the Heat. It was Bosh, and not LeBron James, who really iced the game down the stretch.
James had a relatively quiet night against his former team, scoring just 18 points on 21 shots. Norris Cole was the only other Heat player in double figures, as it was all Bosh all the time. No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving had an impressive showing for Cleveland, scoring 17 points and hitting a crucial three-pointer down the stretch. But the Heat, who were 23 of 26 from the line, iced the game behind the impressive outing from Bosh.
Miami continues this stretch against the Central Division, heading out on the road to face Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday.
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