Heat 95, Cavs 84

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CLEVELAND - LeBron James had a game-high 28 points in the Miami Heat's 95-84 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday before a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena.

Sidekick Dwyane Wade contributed 22 points to spark the Heat's eighth consecutive win.

The Cavs (4-11) have now lost four in a row, as well as seven of their last eight overall.

Forward Michael Beasley hurt the Cavs off the bench with 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami (12-3).

Shooting guard Dion Waiters, the subject of several trade rumors, matched his season high with 24 points and six rebounds for the Cavs (4-11). He was deadly from behind the arc and made 4-of-8.

James, who left the Cavs via free agency in 2010, added eight rebounds and eight assists. He converted on 9-of-19 shots from the field, 1-of-3 from the 3-point line and 9-of-11 from the foul line. He's now 10-1 vs. the Cavaliers since he left town.

The Cavs had just one starter reach double figures in scoring. Guard Kyrie Irving had 16 points, but connected on just 6-of-19 attempts from the floor.

Forward Earl Clark, the Cavs' most accurate 3-point shooter, added 13 points. He made 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc.

The Cavs turned the ball over seven times in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, but trailed by only seven points.

That prosperity ended quickly. James drained a 3-pointer and later a free throw for a 15-point bulge, 68-53, their largest lead of the game.

James had 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists after three quarters as the Heat led 70-60.

The Cavs had 10 turnovers in the third quarter. Waiters had 13 points for the Cavs through three quarters.

Things unraveled quickly in the second quarter for CLEVELAND. The Cavs made just 5-of-25 shots (20 percent) in the period and the Heat outscored them 27-14 in the second to take a 49-42 lead at halftime.

Miami shot 52.9 percent from the field in the first half, while the Cavs plummeted to 35.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Wade continued his torrid shooting with 12 points in the first half. James had nine of his 12 points in the second quarter.

Irving and Waiters each had eight points for the Cavs in the first half.

Center Anderson Varejao came off the bench and had six points and four rebounds in the first quarter as the Cavs sped to a 28-22 advantage.

The Cavs shot a sizzling 55 percent from the floor in the first quarter and outrebounded the Heat, 13-4.

Wade got off to a terrific start for the Heat with eight points in the opening quarter.

NOTES: ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that the Cavaliers are shopping G Dion Waiters. A league source refuted the report, saying the Cavs had not made one call about trading him. Waiters said before the game he did not ask to be traded. "I don't know what is going on," he said. He disputed the reported "three-hour meeting" he supposedly had with Cavs general manager Chris Grant. "That's nonsense," he said. ... Former Ohio State C Greg Oden has yet to appear in a game for the Heat. "He's coming along well, very well," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We're very impressed with the progress he's made." Oden hasn't played since 2009, and there is no timetable for his return. ... Cavs G/F C.J. Miles missed his third consecutive game due to a strained right calf muscle. Undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova started the past three games at Shooting guard. ... Heat F Shane Battier was held out of the game because of a cold. F Rashard Lewis made his first start of the season.

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