Juwan Howard was in the starting lineup. No, really.

Jarvis Varnado was on the court in the first quarter. Yes, he plays for the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem were back in South Florida.

And LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers were mere spectators.

No, there's not much to be taken from Monday night's 96-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, other than rest is now as abundant for the team's mainstays as 3-pointers were in this most unexpected of wins.

Monday, that meant holding out James against the team he previously played for, not far from James' Akron home.

"He understands, and obviously this is a special place for him," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we're focusing on getting our guys right and getting into a rhythm."

When Varnado is playing alongside Chris Andersen in the first quarter, there isn't much in the way of valuable rhythm, considering it likely will be Varnado and Howard in the sports coats this weekend, when the Heat host the first game of their best-of-seven opening-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Yet, through, it all, with another barrage of 3-point shooting and a near triple-double from Norris Cole, what was left of the Heat was surprisingly effective.

Cole closed with a season-high 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, coming off with a steal on the game's final defensive stand to seal the victory. He was supported by 19 points from Rashard Lewis, 14 from James Jones, with Mike Miller, Ray Allen and, yes, even Andersen also having their 3-point moments.