The Cavs outscored the Miami Heat 18-5 over the game’s final seven minutes and stunned LeBron James in his second game back in Cleveland 102-90 on Tuesday.
James had a triple double with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Cavs had an 18-0 scoring run in the third quarter and held the Heat to two baskets over the game’s final seven minutes.
J.J. Hickson had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Parker had 20 points, including four 3-pointers in the Cavs’ win. Ryan Hollins has 13 points and 12 rebounds, but more importantly had a big block on Chris Bosh, got in a shouting match with Dwyane Wade and slapped James on the head – earning him the adoration of a sold-out Cavs crowd that wasn’t quite as hostile as James’ first meeting on Dec. 2.
That game was a 28-point Heat romp, but Cavs players swore this week they’d be ready for James’ return and proved they were.
Bosh had 10 points on 5 of 14 shooting, Wade had 24 points and Mike Bibby had 23 points (including seven 3-pointers) but the Heat fell a game behind Boston for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.