Cavaliers Continue Streak of Dominance Against Heat
The Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Miami Heat on Wednesday night 113-93. LeBron James hugged Chris Bosh seconds before tip-off, but that was where the pleasantry ended. After that James treated the Heat like any other opponent. James scored 18 and added 10 boards in the dominate win. Overall, the Cavs had 6 other players reach the double figure mark. Timofey Mozgov lead the Cavs with 20 points, and Tristan Thompson had 17 off the bench.
The Cavs have won 14 of the last 15 games, and they look as hot as ever. This win avenged the Cavaliers loss to the Heat on Christmas day in Miami, but the Cavs were a completely different squad then because that was prior to the 2 trades they had made. Since that loss they have acquired Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert. Mozgov has been the biggest acquisition in Cleveland since LeBron James and Kevin Love came to Cleveland. Mozgov has finally given the Cavs a rebounder and a defensive presence. He protects the paint on defense, but Mozgov has some crazy athleticism.
If you didn’t watch the opening 5 minutes of the game, then you missed 2 amazing alley-oops. The first was on a break away and LeBron fed the ball to Mozgov and Mozgov lobbed it LeBron, who finished with the one-handed slam. Right after that J.R. Smith returned the favor to Mozgov and Mozgov threw it down on a fantastic no look pass from Smith. After those plays the Cavs just kicked it into high gear and never slowed down.
Kevin Love got accidentally poked in the eye by Mario Chalmers going for a rebound. He scored 12 points, but missed the majority of the 2nd half of the game. Love isn’t expected to miss the game Thursday against the Bulls, which is the Cavs final game before the All-Star break.
The Cavs have made some ground the past month and half in the Eastern Conference after starting off slow. The Cavs are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference after the win last night. The Cavs will more than likely never catch Atlanta, but Chicago and Toronto are within reach. This All-Star Break will be much needed for the Cavs to rest some guys and for LeBron to become fully healthy. After the All-Star break, the postseason will be nearing and the Cavs will need to be ready to go to begin their postseason run.
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