Heat stun James and Cavaliers, 106-92
Defeating a team at second position in eastern conference the first time since a victory over the Chicago Bulls in late January, the Heat pushed to a quick double-digit lead, went up by 18 at halftime and later by 25 in the third period, as they made a statement of their own at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Eric Spoelstra “When we’re playing good, connected basketball, we’re not afraid of anybody,” he said immediately before Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. “We feel like we can beat anybody.”
Wade slipped in 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 and the Heat beat James turned in his previous home by winning 106-92 on Monday over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Miami emerged triumphant in the two views of James the regular season, and were the first two games here since the astro opted to leave South Florida and Cleveland back last summer.
Supported by Wade, the Heat closed the first half with a 19-5 run that put the score at 56-38. The margin widened to 25 points in the third period.
“For this team, the important thing now is to fight the playoffs,” said Wade. “One day we are inside and one outside, so we needed this win today.”
With the victory, Miami regained eighth in the Eastern Conference, the latter handing out a ticket to the playoffs