I had it all planned out.
“Miami’s Streak Ends in Cleveland.”
“Cavs Step Up to End the Streak of Former-Hero-Turned-Enemy.”
Any similar headline would have done the job, as long as the words let it be known that the Cavs had ended the streak of the mighty Heat in Cleveland.
Instead, the 23-game win streak turned into 24.
The score was 55-34 at the half in favor of the Cavs, but this lead was still not comfortable enough for fans in Cleveland. The Heat always seem to find a way to mount a comeback, and they never look worried.
A seemingly comfortable lead came with seven minutes (and three minutes) left in the third quarter. It was 67-40 in favor of the Cavs, which would be a devastating margin for any other team except the Heat.
Never looking like they were in trouble, the Heat mounted a 37-10 run to tie the game at 77 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The game-tying shot came by way of a three from LeBron, which was followed by him staring down the crowd in his former home arena.
There was a noticeable amount of cheers for the Heat in Cleveland during the game. This could be due to the small pockets of LeBron fans left in Cleveland, or just groups of people who feel rebellious cheering for the away team. I would have to agree more with the latter explanation.
The most interesting LeBron fan in the house was the fan who ran on the floor wearing a “LeBron 2014” shirt. He ran onto the floor while the game was going on, and no one seemed to know what to do. The fan stood on the floor and no security ran over for a few seconds. It was as if he was part of the game and no one had any issue with his presence.
The Heat built a nine-point lead heading into the final three minutes of the game, but the Cavs did not quit. They cut it to one with 44 seconds left and should have had a chance to win with five seconds left, but a close call gave the ball to the Heat. CJ Miles missed a three that would have sent the game to overtime, and the Heat continued their win streak.
This comeback came only two days after the comeback against the Celtics on Monday. With the way the Heat are playing now, it does not look like they will lose any games the rest of the year. They could realistically win out considering they can come back from deficits that would lead other teams to concede defeat early on.
The Cavs had a packed house and a chance to end the historic streak, but without Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, they were at a major disadvantage. However, the fact that Wayne Ellington and Tristan Thomson were leading the Cavs against the Heat, and almost won, proves that the Cavs are a deep team that will be a threat in the near future.
Until then, it will be interesting to see how long the Heat can keep this streak going.