Heat Vs. Cavaliers: Miami Blows Out Cleveland As LeBron James Goes For 28 Points Against His Former Team

A huge first quarter for Miami put the Heat in cruise control against the Cavs.

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LeBron James, Miami Heat Warm Up Cleveland: 111-87

LeBron James scores 28 points, including a scintillating third quarter, to put the Heat in the driver seat in Cleveland.

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The Miami Heat Up Big At Halftime Vs Cleveland Cavaliers: 63-38


The Miami Heat, visiting LeBron James' former stopping grounds for the first time this season, have taken a commanding halftime lead 63-38. The 63 points allowed by the Cleveland Cavaliers is tied for the most they have allowed at a halftime all season. Led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Heat held the Cavs to 14 points in the first quarter and 34% shooting for the half.

Wade led the violent first half scoring barrage, tallying 18 points on only 6 shots. James followed suit and added 12 points and 5 rebounds.

The Heat in general have been shooting lights out from 3-point range; they have made 8 of 12 shots, including 3 makes from Mario Chalmers. Fittingly, Wade also notched his first 3 point shot of the season midway through the second period.

After struggling in the first quarter, the Cavaliers improved considerably as the game went on. Ramon Sessions leads his team from the bench with 9 points and rookie sensation Kyrie Irving, in his second game back from a concussion, has 8 points.

What to watch for in the second half: Look for the Heat to come out strong in the third quarter and leave little doubt about the outcome at the commence of the fourth. The Heat have a revenge game against Orlando coming up on Sunday and I'm sure LeBron and Wade would like a little rest before the match-up.


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Miami Heat Visit Cleveland Cavaliers: Starting Lineups And Injury Report

Miami Heat:

Injuries:

Dexter Pittman is listed as day-to-day after bruising his left shoulder. Mario Chalmers bruised his left hand in Miami's last game, but expects to play tonight.


Starters: (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard - Mario Chalmers (11.0, 2.5, 3.6, 1.3, 0.2)

Shooting guard - Dwyane Wade (21.9, 4.2, 4.8. 1.7, 1.3)

Small forward - LeBron James (28.0, 8.2, 6.8, 1.7, 0.7)

Power forward - Chris Bosh (18.6, 8.1, 2.1, 0.9, 0.8)

Center - Joel Anthony (3.4, 4.3, 0.1, 0.5, 1.1)

Key off the bench: Mike Miller is hitting 52 percent of his 3-point attempts, going 46-of-89 on the season.

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Injuries:

Anderson Varejao is out at least a month with a broken wrist. Anthony Parker is day-to-day with a strained lower back.

Starting Lineup: (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard - Kyrie Irving (18.2, 3.5, 5.1, 0.8, 0.4)

Shooting guard - Daniel Gibson (8.0, 3.0, 2.1, 0.8, 0.4)

Small forward - Omri Casspi (7.9, 3.1, 1.3, 0.7, 0.4)

Power forward - Antawn Jamison (16.7, 6.2, 1.8, 1.1, 0.9)

Center - Semih Erden (3.2, 2.4, 0.1, 0.5, 0.1)

Key off the bench: Alonzo Gee plays 27 minutes per night, averaging 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.

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Miami Heat Visit Cleveland Cavaliers: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:

Heat forward LeBron James played his first seven seasons in Cleveland. He is the Cavaliers all time leader in points, with 15,251 and in steals, with 955. He is second all-time in assists, with 3,810. James is also fourth all time with 3,861 rebounds and with 482 blocks. In 548 games, he averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, 1.8 steals and just under one block in just over 40 minutes per night.

Team Milestones:

Three more three-pointers for James Jones will move him past James Posey into 13th all-time with 215.

Chris Bosh will pass Sherman Douglas into 18th all-time with his next free throw, number 514.

Five more rebounds for Joel Anthony will move him past Michael Beasley into 20th all-time, with 938.

With 16 rebounds, Udonis Haslem will move into second on the Heat all-time list, passing Rony Seikaly with 4,545. Eight more points will move him past Grant Long, into seventh with 5,474.

Team Leaders:

PPG:

LeBron James - 28.0

Dwyane Wade - 21.9

Chris Bosh - 18.6

RPG:

Udonis Haslem, LeBron James - 8.2

Chris Bosh - 8.1

APG:

LeBron James - 6.8

Dwyane Wade - 4.8

Mario Chalmers - 3.6

SPG:

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade - 1.7

Mario Chalmers - 1.3

BPG:

Dwyane Wade - 1.3

Joel Anthony - 1.1

Chris Bosh - 0.8

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Miami Heat Visit Cleveland Cavaliers: Game 31 Preview

Miami has outscored their last four opponents by an average of 17.5 points on the road. Will LeBron James bring the Fire into his old house? Or will rookie phenom Kyrie Irving have something to say about it...tune in at 7:30 ET to find out.

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