Cavs Blow Huge Lead, Lose to Heat
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers nearly ended the Miami Heat’s historic win streak on Monday night, but in the process, the Wine and Gold set a mark of their own, in blowing a 27-point lead to lose to the defending world champions, 98-95. The Heat victory was the biggest comeback win in the league this year.
The game was delayed for more than a half hour as the giant scoreboard was leaking fluid. The floor was mopped and the scoreboard was lowered to the floor while technicians worked to solve the problem.
When the game got underway, the Heat would hold a two-point lead early in the first quarter and then the Cavs went on a feverish run and threatened to run away with the victory.
The lead got as high as 27-points before LeBron James and his teammates got to work. James, who had only six points at one point in the second half, got sunspot hot and it did not take much time for the lead to evaporate.
James hit a three pointer with 9:40 left and Miami had its first lead since the first quarter, 80-79. James would get a triple double on the night with 25 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds.
Miami did not seal things until they sweated out a C.J. Miles three point shot at the final buzzer. Cleveland was without its three top scorers, Irving, Waiters, and Anderson.
Cleveland was led in scoring by Wayne Ellington, who had 20 points, while Tristan Thompson chipped in 18.
The game was halted temporarily in the fourth quarter when a fan ran onto the court, wearing a shirt that said, “We miss you, 2014 Come Back,” a reference to James’ possible free agency and return to Cleveland.
The Cavs are now 22-46 on the season.