The Heat went on the road to face the struggling Cavaliers last night and got their 8th straight win along with their 8th double digit win of the season by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-84. There has been chatter all season long about LeBron opting out and going back home next season to Cleveland – and the arrival of the Heat at the Quicken Loans Arena last night sparked up that conversation again. The truth is that we don’t know what’s going to happen and LeBron already has dispelled any talk of free agency until after the season so lets enjoy the show and the fact that we still have the King for this season.
Speaking of the King, he reigned in his old kingdom filling out the stat sheet with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. He had struggled mildly in the first half after not getting some fouls called under the rim (which got Erik Spoelstra a technical foul). But things got going fairly quickly in the second half as LeBron dunked all over the Cavs. Wade was also extremely efficient with his 22 points on just 14 shots, and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
The Cavs were hungry though. They stayed competitive all night and threw their biggest bodies at Miami the whole night. Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varajao and Tristian Thompson all saw significant action in order to exploit the Heat’s lack of size. The Cavs out-rebounded Miami, but had a tough time finishing and holding their first quarter lead. Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points 3 rebounds and 3 assists. While newly assigned sixth man Dion Waiters had a season high of 24 points off the bench. Cleveland is now more on track to be a lottery bound team than the one who was projected to be a playoff contender via their 4-11 record.
The Heat have now improved their record to 12- 3 and are 2 games behind the conference leading Pacers.
MIA: Michael Beasley added 17 Pts and 9 Rebs off the bench.
CLE: Anderson Varajao 10 Pts 7 Rebs and 2 stls.
NEXT GAME: Friday, November 29th HEAT @ RAPTORS Tip Off 7:00 PM