This was how it was supposed to go the first time the Miami Heat visited the Cleveland Cavaliers, back on Dec. 2. The Heat would be rattled by the loud and contemptuous Cleveland crowd, the awful Cavs would play over their heads, and a playoff atmosphere would make our wildest dreams come true. Instead, in December, Miami blew Cleveland out of the water, and a world was left wondering why Daniel Gibson was talking to LeBron James from the bench.
But we got our battle on Tuesday, as the Cavs stepped up and beat the Heat 102-90. LeBron had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, but Dwyane Wade couldn't go nuts and Chris Bosh wilted. Wade shot just 8-20 from the floor on his way to 24 points. Bosh scored 10 points of 5-14 shooting, and had his shot blocked four times, a couple of them accomplished by Ryan Hollins.