This one looked more than dicey as the Cavaliers enter the fourth quarter. The Heat had the lead at 67-58 to end the third and the momentum. For much of the game, the Cavs looked listless.
Then, they just flicked it on. On defense they came up with a couple of memorable stops in the fourth quarter, including one where Delonte West and Mo Williams worked like hell to create a steal. West got the ball and found LeBron James streaking to the basket for an easy slam dunk.
So it went for the fourth quarter as Cleveland remebered they are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and decided to play that way, forcing five turnovers and holding the Heat to 35 percent shooting.
James deserves some praise for hindering a driving Heat led by Dwyane Wade. In the final quarter, James held him to just six points. Once again they won a game because of defense.
Mike Brown on what was said between the third and fourth quarters:
I don’t know if I said anything special. We just knew we weren’t playing our best basketball. We knew that Miami was doing a heck of a job. But there was plenty of time and we just needed to go play.LeBron James on guarding Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter:
I wanted to try to stay in front of him as much as possible. Once he sets in the lane he’s too dangerous when he gets a full head of steam.At the half: Cavs 44, Heat 42.