Lebron James scored 42 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers come back last night in Miami from an 11 point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 107-100. Mo Williams scored 15 out of his 30 points in the final seven minutes to lead the Cavs rally. Despite Dwayne scoring 41 for the Heat he was unable to get it going in the final minutes of the game. Miami shot 2 for 17 from the floor and turned the ball over four times in the last eight minutes.
Lebron James supplied the dagger with 43 seconds left, cruising past Jamario Moon for a huge right handed dunk to put Cleveland ahead 100-95. The Cavaliers are now 35 games over .500, marking the most successful season in their franchise history.
Lebron James reflecting on the game stated “It was Tough. It’s probably one of the better wins we’ve had all year.” This was the second time James and Wade scored 40 plus points in the same game. The last was on April 1, 2006 in Cleveland where James had 44 and Wade
44. “We don’t want each other to have bragging rights,” said James. “We definitely go at it when we play each other.
Wade and the Heat will be looking for revenge soon as the Heat travel to Cleveland to square off again.
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On Saturday Night the Celtics lost their third consecutive playoff road game. While the C’s have been stellar at the Garden, they have had a tough time adjusting to both the Hawks’ and Cavs’ home play. The Celtics only managed to shoot 31% in the first quarter, while the Cavs stormed out of the gates shooting 65%. The Celtics never found their rhythm, playing catch-up for the rest of the game.
“We can’t just ease into these games and expect these guys to lay down, especially on their home court,” said captain Paul Pierce.
C’s coach Doc Rivers put the team through a grueling Sunday workout, hoping to get the team back into playing shape on the road. The session was punctuated by a viewing of just the first quarter of Saturday’s game.
“That was all we needed to see,” said Rivers.
Monday night’s matchup gives the Celtics another chance to play like they did during the regular season on the road. The C’s were 31-10 outside of the Garden this season, the best 2007-2008 NBA road record (including a Texas sweep). So far they have not lived up to that reputation in the playoffs.
“We all need this win on the road, man. It’s like a gorilla on our back trying to get a road win”said an emphatic Paul Pierce after Sunday’s practice session.
Despite the loss, the Celtics have continued to hold LeBron James to an average of 22 points and 22% shooting in the series.
Tip-off Monday is at 8pm, the game will be televised on TNT.
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