I caught a little bit of the Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers last night, it was just after half time, and the Cavs were up by 27 points. I switched it off and went to bed. At that point, you'd have to think that the Heat streak was over.
Then again, I should have known that it was naive to write the Heat off before the final whistle blows.
LeBron James, having only put up 9 points in the first half, stormed to a triple-double by the end, to help the Heat overcome the 27 point deficit, and take the win by just 3 points, and racking up the Heat's 24th consecutive win.
Losing that game, and ending the Heat streak in Cleveland, was not an option for LeBron James. He started his NBA career there, and left on bad terms when he made the decision to move to Miami, so Cavs fans would love nothing more than to see him fail there.
Dwayne Wade said; "That guy right there doesn't want to lose in this building…Not tonight.''
James had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, as well as 3 steals and a block to help his team bounce back.
For the Cavs, last nights game represents the biggest lead that the franchise has ever had in a game, and then thrown away. I'm sure LeBron is even more popular with the fans after that.
The Cavs were missing their All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, and Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao were also out of action, so they put up an amazing fight by all accounts, especially as everybody had put the Heat's next 4 games down as 'easy' ones that should help them add to their winning streak.
Triston Thompson was hot for the Cavs, being one of the main reasons that they were so far out in the first half. He finished the game with 18 points on 8-15 shooting. Of the Heat's comeback he said; ''We knew it was coming…They were the NBA champions last season. They're not going to lay down. Champions don't lay down even when they're down by 27. We knew they were going to make a push. Guys went out and made plays, so you have to give them credit.''
The Heat streak continues, their next game is on Friday, at home, against the struggling Detroit Pistons, followed by another home game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.