The 24th straight victory was, by far, the hardest one in this incredible winning streak. Trailing by 27 points to the lowly and underhanded Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat looked like they were about to fold.
But as he has done so many times this season, LeBron James would not allow his squad to take an L.
The reigning MVP recorded his 4th triple-double of the year, and led the furious rally that kept the streak alive.
Per the News-Herald and ESPN:
He said the comeback was fueled by the Heat’s defense. They outscored the Cavs in the second half, 64-40. “We had to get stops,” James said. “That’s what got us back into the game, getting stops. Shane Battier’s two 3s helped our defense. Tonight our offense helped our defense.” James said he wasn’t concerned with the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. “The streak wasn’t on my mind,” he said. “Getting blown out was on my mind. It was a good quality win, especially being down like we were. We were down by 27 with 18 minutes left in the game, but that’s a lifetime.”
The Heat dubbed these last few games as the “reunion tour.” Sunday they played in Toronto, Bosh’s old haunt, and won. Monday they played in Boston, Ray Allen’s former home, and won in a thriller. Wednesday they one-upped them all and put together one of the most remarkable games of the season thus far in James’ old building. “I didn’t want to be the only guy to take an “L” on the reunion tour,” said James, who scored 11 straight points in a 40-12 Heat run during the third and fourth quarters that reversed the game. “So I had to dig down.” [...] “That guy right there,” said Dwyane Wade, nodding toward James’ locker, “did not want to lose in this building, not tonight.”
LeBron James called it one of the greatest comebacks he’s ever been a part of. He also admitted that it was a very bizarre day, one that saw a lengthy delay due to a leaking scoreboard, and a fan bum-rushing the court to plead with James to re-sign with Cleveland after next season.
The amazing show rolls on.