The Heat are now only 10 games away from shattering the NBA record for the most consecutive games won.
By Ray Robinson
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped an enormous lead last night at the Q, losing 98-95 to
LeBron James and the Miami Heat before a frenzied crowd that got an eye full of mystifying basketball
and a tad bit more.
The game itself was one of the most entertaining basketball games ever played here in Cleveland. If not,
it certainly ranks as one of the most bizarre games ever played at the Q.
There was a leaky scoreboard that delayed the action for 35 minutes, a crazed fan ran onto the court wearing a shirt that read, “ We miss you. Come back in 2014", his eventual arrest by Cavaliers security,
several fights in the stands and of course, a 27 point lead by the Cavs over the red-hot Heat.
Playing without two of their most feared players, Kryie Irving and Dion Waiters, who are both nursing injuries, the Cavs came out with their swords drawn and played hard, solid basketball. They played good solid defense and took good looks at the rim, giving them a 27-point third quarter lead and surely the win.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, the sleeping giants from Miami woke from their spring slumber and went to work. The James gang closed out the third quarter with a 28-10 run and then rushed the Cavs, opening up the fourth quarter with a 20-4 explosion. Lebron accounted for 11 of the Heat's first 12 points in the final quarter.
The Heat opened up a 9-point lead and then faultered, allowing the Cavs to bring the score within one, 96-95 with only 44 seconds left in regulation. Two missed three-pointers Cavs by players, Wayne Ellington and C.J. Miles respectively, sealed the team’s fate as LeBron James sank two from the free-throw line with 4.7 seconds remaining to close out the contest.
Wayne Ellington played good ball, finishing the night with 20 points, four assist and seven rebounds. Big Tristan Thompson, who of late has been playing well on both ends of the court chipped in18 points and 8 rebounds to help the ailing Cavs limp to the finish line.
LeBron James finished the night with his 36th career triple double adding 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheets.
The Heat are now only 10 games away from shattering the NBA record for the most consecutive games won. The current record for consecutive games won is 33 and is held by the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers.
The win gave the Heat their 24th consecutive win and they are now just 10 games shy of breaking the 33 game streak currently held by the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers.