A fan ran onto the court with 8:21 left in the period and the Heat still trailing by four points. The mans white T-shirt read We Miss You Come Back 2014 in black block letters.
The fan entered the court near the Heats bench and before the Heats security could chase him down, James ran to the fan and patted him on the head.
He said he missed me and come back, please, James said. I didnt have time to say much to him, because security got to him.
James finished the game with 25 points, scoring 14 in the fourth quarter. He was 8 of 22 from the field and had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season and 36th of his career.
James back-to-back three-pointers, separated by a timeout, gave the Heat an 80-79 lead with 9:40 left. It was the Heats first lead since the first three minutes of the game. Earlier, James tied it at 77-77 with a three-pointer to cap the comeback. The arena let out a collective groan of disbelief as Cavs coach Byron Scott called for an emergency timeout.
We caught lightning in a bottle, Spoelstra said.
After trailing by 27 points with 7:44 left in the third quarter, the Heat outscored the Cavaliers 58-28.
The only way we could get back into the game if we made stop and stop after stop, James said. Thats probably one of the best comebacks I have ever been a part of.
James was one of six Heat players to score in double figures for the Heat. Bosh, Battier and Dwyane Wade had 11 points each and Mario Chalmers had 17 on eight shots. Chalmers was 3 of 6 from three-point range. Overall, the Heat was 12 of 29 from behind the arc after going 2 of 10 from distance in the first half.
Wayne Ellington had 20 points for the Cavaliers, who played the game short-handed. Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are out for the season with injuries and Dion Waiters had a left knee injury. Tristan Thompson had 18 points for Cleveland.
Its tough to swallow, Thompson said.
Even tougher to comprehend.