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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Game 76: Heat at Cavs

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (49-27) 114, MIAMI HEAT (34-41) 88
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7

1. The Cavaliers set a record with their ninth victory of 25 or more points after Thursday's blowout. The previous mark came during the 1988-89 season. 

2. They dusted Miami tonight for their 17th consecutive win at The Q. It's the third-longest streak in franchise history. The others were a 23-game streak from Oct. 30, 2008 to Feb. 3, 2009, and a 22-gamer from Dec. 15, 1988 to March 2, 1989.

3. We've been thinking for about two weeks the Heat might be the Cavs' first-round opponent in the playoffs. They dropped to the No. 8 spot with the loss tonight. If Dwyane Wade is out for any long period, they could drop out altogether. He bruised his left knee in the second quarter and it looks like he could miss some time. That could spell doom for the Heat.

4. Despite all their injuries, the Heat tied in the season series with the Cavaliers, 2-2.

5. The Cavaliers continue to bomb away from behind the arc. They were 15 of 35 from the 3-point line. This is about all these guys do now, launch from long range. Guard Matthew Dellavedova was 4 of 5 from the 3-point line and Iman Shumpert 3 of 6.

6. As you probably know, LeBron James (24,837) passed No. 20 Patrick Ewing on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Next up: Jerry West (25,192). Think about it, only 19 players have scored more points in NBA history than James.

7. Cavs forward/center Tristan Thompson played in his 300th game for the Cavaliers. He celebrated with 15 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. He's averaging 11 rebounds in his last four games.

UP NEXT: Chicago, Quicken Loans Arena, 3:30 p.m. Sunday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF James Jones (6-8, 215) vs. Henry Walker (6-6, 220)
C Timofey Mozgov (7-1, 250) vs. Hassan Whiteside (7-0, 265)
SG J.R. Smith (6-6, 220) vs. Dwyane Wade (6-4, 220)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Goran Dragic (6-3, 190)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Joe Harris
Heat - F/C Chris Bosh, F Josh McRoberts, G Shabazz Napier
Tom Washington, Sean Corbin, Leon Wood


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