Game 25: Cavs at Heat
at AmericanAirlines Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs didn't get the revenge they were after. After losing by 28 points to the Heat on Dec. 2 at Quicken Loans Arena, they showed up to play on Wednesday.
They had a 10-point lead in the first half and were hanging tough entering the fourth quarter. Heat guard Dwyane Wade got hot in the fourth and it was too much to handle.
He had 17 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter.
His sidekick, LeBron James, had 21 points and 13 rebounds. It was a far cry from his 38 points on Dec. 2.
Cavs coach Byron Scott once again changed his rotation. As expected, he benched rookie guard Manny Harris, who has looked completely lost in the previous two games.
Also, forward Jawad Williams earned a DNP-CD, as did center Ryan Hollins and forward Leon Powe.
That really put the onus on the Cavs' starters. None played fewer than Anthony Parker's 38 minutes, while center Anderson Varejao played almost 40 minutes.
The Cavs played with passion and fire, something that hasn't been seen for quite some time. That has to be a constant on this team - and should have been there all along.
The Cavs shot 40.2 percent from the field. They made nine of a season-high 33 3-point attempts.
“When you look at the stat sheet, how were we in that game?” Parker asked. “They shot 41 free throws. We shot 40 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3. Then you look at the final score.”
SF Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. LeBron James (6-8, 250)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Chris Bosh (6-11, 235)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7-3, 260)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Dwyane Wade (6-4, 220)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Mario Chalmers (6-2, 190)
Cavs – F Jamario Moon, G Christian Eyenga, F/C Samardo Samuels
Heat – F Udonis Haslem, G Mike Miller, G Carlos Arroyo
Bob Delaney, Derrick Collins, Scott Wall