The Miami Heat had a must-win game to stay in the playoff hunt and got a 124-121 overtime victory over the NBA world champion Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on Monday night. The Heat remained tied with the Chicago Bulls for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls still hold the tiebreaker in head-to-head meetings.
The Cavaliers held out LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for their second straight game played between both clubs in Miami this season. Cleveland(51-30) are now one game behind the Boston Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland rolled out to a 37-24 lead after one quarter and were up 60-56 at halftime. The Cavs extended their lead to 91-80 after three quarters.
Miami(40-41) charged back with a 20-6 run at the start of the fourth quarter to go ahead. The Heat led 106-99 with three minutes remaining in the fourth. The Cavs scored seven consecutive points to tie the contest 106-106 and sent the game into overtime. Miami outscored Cleveland 16-13 in the extra session.
Tyler Johnson had a team-high 24 points for the Heat while Hassan Whiteside compiled 23 points along with 18 rebounds. Deron Williams got a game-high 35 points and Kevin Love picked up 25 points for Cleveland.