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.
OK, consecutive win #22 is in the history books and Miami’s stars didn’t have to play huge minutes, so they should be ready to extend the streak in Boston. Dwyane Wade (24 PTS, 9 AST, 3 REB) and LeBron James (22 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL) led the way as usual, with former Raptor star Chris Bosh chipping in 18 points and Ray Allen (20 PTS) draining four 3-pointers.
Who is the best center in the NBA right now?
Let’s determine with a blind test of the best four centers in the league since the All-Star break.
Center A is averaging 14.4 points on 54% shooting, 14.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 2.1 blocks in eight games.
Center B is averaging 15.8 points on 52% shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks in eight games.
Center C is averaging 13.2 points on 51% shooting, 11.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 3.7 blocks in nine games.
Center D is averaging 23.8 points on 63% shooting, 11.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.0 blocks in nine games.
It was almost a Magical upset, but LeBron James (26 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST) drove to the hoop for the winning layup and Miami has won 16 straight. Dwyane Wade 24 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL) and Chris Bosh (17 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK) also played well against their inspired visitors from up the Turnpike.
It’s hard to be much better than Russell Westbrook was last night — 37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and only one turnover — though Kevin Durant (26 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK) put up crooked numbers in five categories, he was only the co-star as the Thunder rolled to an easy win.