Game 73: Heat at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio, NBA TV
WHAT HAPPENED It was a night to remember for the Cavs and their faithful. The finally got revenge on LeBron James.
James, who left the Cavs in free agency last summer, didn't go down without a fight. He recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
He was booed once again every time he touched the ball.
Sidekick Dwyane Wade added 24 points and guard Mike Bibby had 23. I got a kick out of Chris Bosh, who wanted nothing to do with Ryan Hollins. Bosh had 10 points and four rebounds. He's as soft as tissue paper.
The Heat is a very good team, third in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, I don't see them coming out of the East. Something is lacking on this team, perhaps not having a legitimate big man in the middle.
The Cavs played with fire and intensity. Hollins had his best game of the season with 13 points, three rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He got in Wade's face early in the game and earned a technical.
His teammates seemed to feed off his spunk. If he continues to play like this, he might be retained next year.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had the best quote of the night. "The majority of the time in this league, you get what you deserve," he said. "We got exactly what we deserved."
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. LeBron James (6-8, 250)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Chris Bosh (6-10, 235)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Erick Dampier (6-11, 265)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Dwyane Wade (6-4, 220)
PG Baron Davis (6-3, 212) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-4, 190)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Heat – G Mario Chalmers, F Udonis Haslem, C Dexter Pittman.
Ed Malloy, James Williams, Gary Zielinski