With a little less than three minutes remaining in the first quarter and Miami leading 26-23, Wade darted through the paint to slam home a second-chance dunk over Love. The strong one-handed effort rattled the rim and Wade celebrated with some gesturing toward the home crowd.
Wade tallied 12 first-quarter points and Miami built a double-digit first-half lead over Cleveland. Wade finished with a game-high 31 points in Miami's 101-91 victory over Cleveland. Forward Luol Deng added 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Heat. James scored 30 points in the loss. The American Airlines Arena crowd welcomed James back with cheers in his first visit to Miami since departing for Cleveland in free agency last summer.
Earlier Thursday, the NBA released its first round of All-Star Game ballot returns. Wade and James are on track to start for the Eastern Conference. Miami improved to 14-16 while Cleveland fell to 17-11.