James endures taunts as Heat blasts Cavaliers to shame
LeBron James led the Miami Heat to another stunning victory when James and Co. hammered the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-87 defeat on Friday. Heat brought the roof down in front of an unforgiving crowd to record their fifth consecutive win on the road.
James’ blazing form helped him become the leading scorer of the game. James scored a total of 28 points, but 16 of them came in the third quarter. Due to James’ immense form in the 3rd quarter Heat acquired a lead of 34 points but settled down for an easy win in the fourth quarter.
The Cleveland booed and jeered James once again. Clearly they hadn’t forgiven James for leaving them in 2010. James addressed the matter after game. The 27-year-old basketball icon did not lambast against his former support but he did acknowledge the rivalry that had developed between him and Cleveland.
“It's always special coming back here,” James told reporters. “I know these fans, they know me. They know how competitive I am. I just try and lead my team to victory every night. It's definitely special every time I come back here.”
Miami Heat, who are leading the Southeast Division (24-7) scored the first 11 points of the game and never let their dominating form slip to an undermanned Cavaliers for the entire encounter.
Cleveland (11-17) were playing without Andreson Varajeo, who has been benched after breaking his right wrist. Cavaliers’ guard, Daniel Gibson is also out of action. Gibson has been sidelined after the 25-year-old sprained his left ankle.
Coach Bryan Scott had a simple explanation for Cavaliers woeful performance.
“It was very simple, It looked like we were scared to death,” Scott told reporters. “They came out with great energy and great effort and we didn't match it whatsoever. It just seemed like the lights were too bright for a lot of guys.”
Dwyane Wade also scored big that night. Wade scored a total of 22 points before joining James on the bench for the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh, who happens to be the third musketeer in Miami’s big three recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
On the other hand, rookie guard Kyrie Irving led the charts for the Cavaliers by scoring 17 points. Ramon Sessions was another notable scorer for the Cavaliers. He scored 15 points off the bench.