For once, Miami didn’t give their opponents a big head start, and their 25th consecutive win was never in doubt. LeBron James (29 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL) made 12 of 15 shots, Dwyane Wade (19 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB, 3 STL) helped out and the second unit outscored Detroit’s bench 35-13.
Yes, there are 16 more games in the NCAA tournament today, making the NBA an afterthought for countless hoops fans. Sure, your bracket is important and the Madness is contagious, but season-long fantasy leagues are based on the pro game and it’s getting to be crunch time, with trade deadlines looming, Head-to-Head playoffs around the corner and Roto standings getting tighter.
For the entire first half, it looked like Miami really didn’t care about their win streak, as the wounded, underdog Cavaliers raced out to a 55-34 lead and LeBron James had just six points. They were down by as much as 27 in the third, when the King finally went to work, finishing with a triple-double (25 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK) and lifting his team to a 24th consecutive victory.
In a terrific contest, LeBron James (37 PTS, 12 AST, 7 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLK) powered the Heat to their 23rd consecutive win, but it could have gone either way. Kevin Garnett (adductor) was unable to play, but in his place, Jeff Green had the game of his life — 43 PTS, 7 REB, 5 3PTM, 4 BLK — and the proud, stubborn Celtics almost sent it to overtime.