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LeBron James 47 points vs Dwyane Wade 44 points the great shootout

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Uploaded on Dec 7, 2010

The greatest match-up individually of the 00's was definitely LeBron James vs Dwyane Wade and a lot of people cite this game as the best of the match-up.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade even impressed each other. The two young stars put on a show of dazzling dunks, drives and playoff-caliber hustle that awed fans, their teammates and a coach who witnessed the legendary battles between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

"People got a view of absolute greatness," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It's absolutely beyond description. I haven't seen players do that in a long, long time."

James scored 47 points, outdoing Wade and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 106-99 over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

"It's probably the best matchup I've been in," said Wade, who finished with a season-high 44 points.

"It was great for the game. It was two young guys trying to propel their teams to a win. I had fun. I know he had fun."

Cleveland started out flat and trailed for most of the second half as James and Wade dueled to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

The two defended each other several times and even dove on the floor fighting for a loose ball. Wade outscored James 21-18 in the fourth quarter and had Miami's final 12 points.

Each time the Cavaliers got close, Wade would hit a jumper or make a highlight-reel drive to the rim for the Heat, who were without Shaquille O'Neal.

"He surprises me sometimes but he's Flash and can dominate a game," James said.

James finally put Cleveland up for good, 101-99, on a slam with 1:13 remaining that left Shandon Anderson, who was looking for an offensive foul, shaking his head.

Wade missed a 22-foot jumper at the other end. On the next possession, James dished to Donyell Marshall, who threw down a dunk that made former Cavaliers player and current announcer Austin Carr jump up out of his seat.

Did you know that LeBron James had not just 1, but two 47 point games against the Miami Heat the year Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a championship?

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