LeBron James was wrong. The NBA All-Star said that his second visit to play his old team the Cleveland Cavaliers “couldn’t be worse” than the first time he went back in December. But it was worse. Much worse. While the hate was high for his first return trip since taking his talents to South Beach, he at least escaped with a win. That was not the case last night as his 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists were not enough as his Miami Heat lost to a revamped and depleted Cavaliers squad 102-90.
The night began auspiciously for James who was in the bathroom during team introductions because he didn’t want to hear the boos when his name was called. But when he took the court there was no sign of being scared as he logged his fourth triple-double of the season. Unfortunately, the rest of the Heat didn’t get the memo that this was a big game. Starters Dwyane Wade and Mike Bibby scored 24 and 23 points respectively but Chris Bosh shot 5 of 14 for 10 points. The Heat bench only scraped together 6 points as the Cavs dominated.
“Anytime we play anybody, we know we’re going to get the best out of them,” James said afterward. “They came out and played extremely well. It was a good win for them.”
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