Heat Dismantle Red Hot Cavaliers in Potential Playoff Preview


Because he tends to be meticulous, LeBron James did not allow the moment to pass. Harden leads the league in scoring with 30.7 points per night along with 8.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds, while leading the Rockets to an NBA-best 61-14 record. Their 79 total points in the game was a season-low. LeBron would finish with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds, but the rest of the team struggled mightily, compounded by Kevin Love missing all but seven minutes after having his tooth displaced by Jordan Mickey (yes, it was gross).

"That's one thing about us - we don't brag about what we do against each other", James said.

The Spurs' second defeat in eight games could prove a costly one after LaMarcus Aldridge departed early with a left knee injury initially diagnosed as a contusion. Of course, LeBron doesn't have any say in who gets named NBA MVP, but we do appreciate the honesty he showed when asked who should win the award.

If he's going to tie Jordan's record, it will come against the team Jordan owns - the Charlotte Hornets.

James is now 0-7 playing in Miami since leaving the Heat in 2014.

Heat Dismantle Red Hot Cavaliers in Potential Playoff Preview
Heat Dismantle Red Hot Cavaliers in Potential Playoff Preview

Cleveland came in averaging 31 points per quarter over its last five games, then managed only 34 in the first half against the Heat. The Cavs have already lost six more games than they did a year ago and are a distant third in the Eastern Conference - and Cleveland's now in danger of being overtaken by the surging Sixers and Pacers.

James scored 16 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third on 10-of-15 shooting, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as the Cavaliers built a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Coach Steve Kerr said Durant will return from a rib injury against the Milwaukee Bucks today.

Walker received a big hug from James after breaking the mark with 20 seconds left on a reverse layup. Cleveland changed its starting lineup, with Jeff Green in for Larry Nance Jr. His PER is 28.6, he leads the National Basketball Association in value over replacement player (8.1), and in total minutes played as he carries a Cavaliers team into the playoffs (where they are still the team many pick to come out of the East).

Meanwhile, James' former team has lost two straight games and sits at 39-35, good for eighth place in the East.

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