LeBron Has 42, Wade Has 41 as Cavs Beat the Heat
LeBron James finished with 42 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, and Dwyane Wade finished with 41, nine assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals (!) as the Cavs used a huge fourth quarter to come from behind to beat the Heat in Miami, 107-100.
The Wade versus LeBron show lived up to the hype, as the top two candidates for league MVP put on a show that will likely be all over SportsCenter, but that few were able to see live thanks to a quirk in the NBA's scheduling.
No matter -- this game was special. Both players did their best to one-up the other, and they were almost even statistically at halftime: LeBron had 19, Wade had 16, and Cleveland led by three at 58-55.
Miami answered in the second half, but couldn't hold their lead down the stretch. The Heat led by as many as 11 points with just over seven minutes to go in the game, but the Cavs ended it on a 27-9 run to win the game and further solidify their standing as the best team in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron had a couple of threes in that crucial fourth quarter stretch, but Mo Williams had 15 late and really was the one that sealed it for the Cavs. He ended up with a monster line of 30 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
The most help that Dwyane Wade got was a 16 point, eight rebound performance from Jermaine O'Neal. The Cavs will end up going deeper in the playoffs this season, but D. Wade is getting my vote for MVP. He has far less help than say, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant does. And yet, he has his team competing for a four seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.