A layup, he called it.

That's how easy Saturday's game-winning three-pointer felt in the hands of Ray Allen in the fraction of a second it took him to catch an outlet pass from LeBron James, rise uncontested and give the Heat a come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. How do you defend that? You don't. You just hope and pray the 23-foot layup somehow rims out.

In the first 13 games of the season, James twice has found Allen wide open on the perimeter at the end of games with a win or a loss in the balance.

Both times, Allen has coolly made the three-pointer to win the game. The first came against the Nuggets at home. The second was Saturday during the Heat's furious rally with two minutes left against the Cavaliers.

The league is learning quickly what the Heat knew this offseason when it signed Allen away from Boston. He's the perfect late-game complement to James' uncanny vision as a passer and James' unselfishness as a superstar willing to pass up late-game glory for an open shot.

And if you're cynical, there's this: In the past James was criticized for passing up late-game shots; now he's simply making the obvious and easy play, deferring to the NBA's all-time leader in three-pointers.

"He's hit enough over the course of his career that it's still, when he's in our Heat uniform, when he releases, I still have almost a split nanosecond of, 'Oh, no. It's coming against us,'" said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, somehow still subconsciously unaccustomed to having Allen on his team. "It's a pleasure to have him on our side."

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