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Wade's last-second attempt blocked

1/29/2004

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ira Newble didn't slap any hands until after
his game-winning block.

Newble swatted away Dwyane Wade's layup in the final second, and
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers
matched their win total from last season by defeating the Miami
Heat 94-93 Wednesday night.

Wade, returning to the lineup after missing 13 games with a
sprained wrist, had his short shot underneath knocked out of bounds
by Newble as Cleveland improved to 17-28.

"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."

Rookie LeBron James added 27 points -- 11 in the fourth quarter --
and Dajuan Wagner scored a huge basket with 7.9 seconds left for
the Cavs, who won despite not having forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer, averaging 23 points and 16 rebounds in his last five
games, left the team to attend a family funeral.

Ilgauskas finished 14-of-16 from the field for the Cavs, who
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.

With 37 games left, Cleveland, which hasn't made the postseason
since 1998, is just two games out of the eighth playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference.

"That feels great," James said. "That's why they drafted me,
to get this thing turned around. It's all coming together."

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 left.

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 with 7.9 seconds to go.

"I had to make that one," Wagner said. "I thought the 3 was
going in. I got another chance and had to do it."

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.

Newble was in position and blocked it from behind.

"I dropped back and read the play," he said. "This win was
all about defense."

Ilgauskas made all seven of his attempts in the first half
before missing a jumper on his first try after halftime. He also
had 11 rebounds.

"Z is the key to this team," said James. "He led us the whole
game."

James got Allen to bite on a ball fake and drove the lane for a
monster, two-handed dunk while being fouled by Odom. His free throw
gave the Cavs, who trailed by 11 points early in the period, a
92-88 lead with 3:00 left.

Jones responded with a 3-pointer for the Heat, who scored just
14 points in the fourth.

Boozer had planned to fly back from the funeral and arrive right
before tipoff. However, after traveling to Washington D.C. for the
funeral, he decided to remain with his grieving mother.

It was Cleveland's first win in seven games this season without
Boozer, who missed six games with an ankle sprain.

The Heat were without center Brian Grant, who didn't make the
trip because of a bruised left knee and tendinitis in his right
knee. Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said he doesn't know how long his
second-leading rebounder will be out.

Allen started in Grant's place and matched a season-high with 14
points.

With Ilgauskas making all six of his shots, the Cavaliers built
a 14-point lead in the first quarter.

Game notes
The Cavs went 17-65 a year ago. ... All-Star reserves will
be named next week, and Cavs coach Paul Silas said James ought to
be one of them. "He should (make it)," Silas said. "He's putting
up the numbers and we're winning. In my mind, he certainly deserves
it." ... Jones scored his 11,000th career point in the third
quarter. ... Silas was surprised by Boston coach Jim O'Brien's
resignation. "It was a big shock," said Silas, who wouldn't
speculate that O'Brien's quitting had anything to do with the
six-player trade the Celtics made with the Cavs earlier this
season. "I'm sure he had his reasons," Silas said. ... TV
journalist Geraldo Rivera attended the game.