CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: LeBron James of the Miami Heat walks back to the bench during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
It may not have seemed like a great night for the Cavs fans heading to Quicken Loans Arena, but boy were they in for an unexpected treat. Cleveland got off to a quick start, jumping out to an early 10-3 lead, and that was just the beginning of a great night for them. A little later the first sparks of the game flew when Dwyane Wade and Ryan Hollins were T-ed up after Wade started yapping at after taking an elbow to the face.
The Cavs stayed ahead of the Heat for a while, at one point going up by as many as 16 during the 2nd quarter. They took an 11-point lead into the half after Baron Davis hit a triple at the buzzer. Miami's bench was outscored 20-6 in the opening half and they were out-rebounded 20-12. For the Cavs, things were going in their favor, that's for sure.
After Miami got to within 5, Cleveland went on a 16-0 run early in the 3rd quarter to send the fans into frenzy and put the Heat down by 21. The Heat followed it up by closing the quarter on a 22-4 run which was capped by a 50-foot bomb by LeBron that closed the gap to 5. There was a little controversy because the clock operator ran the clock when he shouldn't have, but the ref's reviewed the play and got it right.
Mike Bibby's 5th triple of the game opened the 4th quarter, and a few minutes later his 7th tied the game at 83 apiece. Unfortunately those would be the last points Miami would score for over 4 minutes, allowing the Cavs to score 12 straight points and put the game away. LeBron James scored the final 7 points of the game for the Heat but it was too little too late as the Cavaliers got a big win for their fans on this night.
- LeBron picked up a triple double in the losing effort, his 4th of his season. He picked up 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
- The Heat, who is usually very good in the 4th quarter, was outscored 27-20.
- The Big 3 combined for just 61 points after combining for 90+ in each of the last two games.
- Dwyane Wade now has 26 steals and 25 blocks in the month of March. He finished the game with 24 points, 4 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
- Chris Bosh had an off night, to say the least, finishing with just 10 points and 4 rebounds.
- Mike Bibby had a monstrous night, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, all from downtown. He added 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.
- The Heat bench had 6 points, all coming in the 1st half.
- Cleveland hit a season high 55.6% of their shots.
- Despite having such a poor season, this was the Cavs 23rd sellout of the season.
Miami has 3 more games on its current road trip. Next up is Washington on Wednesday, followed by Minnesota and New Jersey. The 3 teams have a combined record of 58-162.