LeBron James Keeps Heat Streak Alive [VIDEO]: Triple Double Helps Heat Edge Cavs
(Photo : Reuters) Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) puts a shot up over Cleveland Cavaliers defender Daniel Gibson (1) during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game as the Heat beat the Cavs to extend their record-winning streak to 24 games.
The Heat is on and there's no signs of them turning it off.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat kept their record-setting winning streak to 24 wins in a row going Wednesday night, recovering from a 27-point deficit to beat his ex-team the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 98-95 thriller in James' return to Cleveland.
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As hoops fans around the world recall, James, born in Akron, Ohio, built the Cavs into a championship contender from his 2003-04 rookie season onwards until he took his talents to South Beach in 2010 when he became a free agent in the most widely publicized free agent decision in NBA history. Since then, Miami has won an NBA title and gone on a historic winning streak this season while the Cavs have struggled to regain some semblance of relevancy.
The win puts the Heat nine wins short of the NBA-record 33 consecutive wins, set by the 1971-72 L.A. Lakers.
James showed Cleveland what they were missing out on by posting a triple double of 25 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds to put on a show for his hometown.
And they needed all that James could bring, as Miami found themselves in a 27-point hole in the third quarter, down 67-40-and that was without Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao, the Cavs' top players, all out on injury. Wayne Ellington scored 20 for the Cavs to help lead Cleveland's charge.
But James would not be denied, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to help power Miami's rally. Mario Chalmers chipped in with 17 points while Dwayne Wade added in 11 points of his own for Miami's effort. Having dispatched Cleveland, the Heat have a chance to extend their winning streak to 25 straight games when they face the struggling Detroit Pistons on Friday at home in Miami.