The Heat were outplayed and out hustled on both ends of the floor. And even though they eventually erased a 23-point deficit, Miami could never get their bearings. So apparently, just showing up to the arena isn't enough. You also have to play a little defense and, you know, give a crap too.
James scored a triple-double against his ex-team going 10-for-21 with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Mike Bibby knocked down seven three-pointers, and Dwyane Wade, who had a rough start to the game, finished with 24.
Chris Bosh, on the other hand, had a night that can only be described as dinosaur shit.
Bosh finished with 10 points on a measly 5-of-14 shooting and was manhandled all night by Ryan Hollins. Chris Bosh has been accused of being soft by many this season. And no doubt he's had more stronger performances that weaker ones with Miami. But when you play the post like you're made of peanut brittle against the worst team in the NBA, you're not going to be silencing the critics any time soon.
The Cavs shot a season-high 56 percent from the floor, with Anthony Parker going 4-for-4 from the three point line. Baron Davis who, for some reason, always decides to put down the sandwich and play hard against the Heat, added 10 points of his own.
At one point, the Heat, clearly playing in are the playoffs here yet? mode, allowed Cleveland to break out an 18-point tear putting Miami in a 71-48 hole. But the Heat answered with a 19-1 run of their own, and eventually tied things up at 83. But the lack of an inside game (and, you know, defense) eventually caught up with Miami, and Cleveland pulled away for good. The Cavs won. Their fans went apeshit. And the Heat Hating Dick Biters Brigade will no doubt crawl out of the hole they've been living in since the All Star break and will be out in full force. Sports talk radio and ESPN is sure to be a delight today!
The main thing to keep in mind here is that this game was clearly a case of one team giving a shit and the other wanting to get the fuck out of Cleveland as fast as humanly possible.
"The majority of the time in this league you get what you deserve," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the media afterwards
. "And we got exactly what we deserved. They played harder than us, they came out with much desperation and sense of urgency."
The Heat have won 8 of their last 10 and have beaten the Spurs and Lakers during that span. They swept the season series against the Lakers, made NBA history the other night
, and are one of the best teams in the league heading into the playoffs.
Keep in mind the Cavs have also beaten the Celtics and the Lakers this season. Of course, you probably didn't know that because apparently it's only the end of human existence when the Heat
loses to the Cavaliers. Merry Christmas, America!