NBA Late layup, blocked shot lead Cavaliers over Heat
Cleveland won its 17th game, matching last season's win total.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Geraldo Rivera is always digging for the next big story. The TV personality stumbled upon a growing one on a visit to Gund Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have spent the past few years buried in the NBA's basement, are emerging as a legitimate team. Maybe even one headed to the playoffs.
The Cavs matched their win total from last season Wednesday night as Ira Newble blocked Dwyane Wade's layup in the final second to give Cleveland a 94-93 win.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored a season-high 30 points on 14-of-16 shooting and rookie LeBron James had 27 points for the Cavs, who won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 17-28.
A year ago, they went 17-65.
"That's why they drafted me, to get this thing turned around," said James, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cavs overcome an 11-point deficit. "It's all coming together."
Wade, returning to the lineup after missing 13 games with a sprained wrist, had his shot underneath swatted away from behind by Newble.
"I got it," Newble said, insisting he didn't foul Wade, "and it felt great."
Wade remained face down on the floor for more than a minute before getting up, and then the rookie from Marquette stormed off complaining he was fouled.
"I thought I had the layup, and then something happened," Wade said. "Somebody pushed me. I was just mad."
Dajuan Wagner's driving layup with 7.9 seconds remaining turned out to be the winning points for the Cavaliers, who played without forward Carlos Boozer.
Boozer, averaging 23 points and 16 rebounds in his last five games, attended a family funeral.
Ilgauskas made his first seven shots and added 11 rebounds as the Cavs went 4-1 on a homestand.
"I kind of knew it was going to be my night. The first shot I threw up bounced five times and went in," Ilgauskas said. "I got some easy hoops. I just kind of got into a flow."
The Cavs are in one now, too.
With 37 games remaining, Cleveland, which hasn't made the postseason since 1998, is just two games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We're finding ways to win now," said coach Paul Silas, whose team started the season 6-19.
Eddie Jones had 16 points, and Wade and Lamar Odom had 15 apiece for Miami, which took a 93-92 lead on Malik Allen's running hook shot in the lane with 35 seconds to go.
Wagner missed a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, but Kevin Ollie got the long rebound and gave it back to his teammate. Wagner had to avoid two players on the floor in the lane as he dropped in a high-arching layup.
On Miami's final possession, the Heat nearly threw the ball away before it was recovered near midcourt by Jones. He drove the lane, but instead of trying a shot, delivered a pass through traffic to Wade.