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Monday, January 31, 2011

Game 48: Cavs at Heat

MIAMI HEAT (34-14) 117, CAVS (8-40) 90
at AmericanAirlines Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Many point to the Dec. 2 matchup against the Heat as the game that started the Cavs' current tailspin.

The Cavs suffered a crushing 118-90 loss to the Heat that night at The Q. Since that game, the Cavs are 1-29.

That includes Monday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena.

They hung around in Monday's game for 2 1/2 quarters before getting blown out of the gym. The Cavs trailed by three points early in the third quarter, 70-67. From that point, the Heat outscored the Cavs, 47-23.

The Cavs scored 37 points in the second quarter. In the entire second half, they managed just 33 points.

The Cavs dropped their 21st consecutive game, as well as 31 of 32. They’ve also lost 24 in a row on the road. They are three games shy of the all-time NBA record for consecutive losses.

Fans are watching rookie Manny Harris develop before their eyes. He recorded his second consecutive 20-point game against Orlando and Miami. In the second quarter, with Heat forward LeBron James closing in on one of his patented chase-down blocks, he dunked over the All-Defensive performer.

The 6-5 guard was 7 of 7 from the foul line and pulled down five rebounds.

Forward Antawn Jamison added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 34 points, while James added 24.

The Cavs will attempt to halt their losing streak against Indiana at home on Wednesday.

James is averaging 27.7 points in the three games against his former team this year. Of course, the Heat has won all three.

The Cavs played without guard Daniel Gibson, who is listed as doubtful for the Pacers game on Wednesday with a bruised quadriceps muscle. He's one of the few players on the team who can make jump shots on a regular basis.

Cavs swingman Christian Eyenga has been making wonderful strides, but don't expect him to shut down James tonight. Eyenga had two blocks on Monday, one against 7-3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas and other against Dwyane Wade.

They suffered their first winless month in franchise history (10 or more games). They finished 0-16 in January. That came on the heels of a 1-14 month in December.

SF Christian Eyenga (6-5, 210) vs. LeBron James (6-8, 250)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Chris Bosh (6-11, 235)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7-3, 260)
SG Manny Harris (6-6, 185) vs. Dwyane Wade (6-4, 220)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 185) vs. Mario Chalmers (6-2, 190)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Leon Powe, G Mo Williams.
Heat – F Udonis Haslem, C Dexter Pittman, C Jamaal Magliore.
Ken Mauer, Bennie Adams, Kevin Fehr.


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