Down 27 points to the lowly Cavaliers, for a moment -- a half really -- it appeared the Miami Heat’s winning streak would end at 23 games to the team LeBron James spurned for South Beach: Cleveland.
But one can never count out the NBA’s defending champions, who pulled off their second comeback in two nights in a 98-95 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers (22-46), who were without their three leading scorers, All-Star Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters and Anderson Varajao, held a 21-point lead at halftime. That lead ballooned to 27 points in the third quarter before Miami (53-14) asserted itself.
To open the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers scored two points through the first five-plus minutes.
James, on the other hand, scored eight straight to get the quarter underway en route to a triple double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).