Cleveland 74, Miami 72

Dec. 23, 2002 at 10:20 PM
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CLEVELAND, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Rookie Caron Butler had his last-second shot blocked Monday night and the Miami Heat had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-72.

Butler tried to force overtime with a baseline jumper after Miami was unable to get the ball to Eddie Jones on an inbounds pass with 2.8 seconds to play. Jones was the only Heat player to make a field goal in the fourth quarter and scored 10 of his 18 points in the final period.

Ricky Davis scored 32 points to lead the Cavaliers but was not a factor in their closing 11-2 run. He had just two points in the fourth quarter, leaving the late scoring to rookie Smush Parker, who scored five points during the run.

Cleveland had two chances to take a three-point lead in the final 10 seconds, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed a jumper and Tyrone Hill made just 1-of-2 free throws, providing Miami with an opportunity to tie it from inside the arc.

Ilgauskas, who made 3-of-11 shots in Cleveland's 85-79 loss at Miami on Nov. 30, scored 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting in this one. He added 10 rebounds as the Cavs stopped a four-game losing streak.

Brian Grant scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Heat.

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