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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  51 responses

Cavs Get their Win Over LeBron James


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

It was a long, strange day for LeBron James in the city he used to call home.

An early sign that things would not go so smoothly for the self-proclaimed King came when he and his people had trouble gaining access to the Cavs’ arena. James then weirdly skipped out on the player introductions (later saying he was using the bathroom), and even tossed in a controversial buzzer-beater that shouldn’t have counted (but did, anyway.)

In the end, though, all that truly mattered was that Cleveland won the game. They outfought, outhustled, out-executed … out-everything’d the Heat, and Miami knew it.

From the Plain Dealer:

James finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade added 24 points and Mike Bibby had 23 for the Heat, 51-23. But Miami shot just 42.3 percent and got outrebounded, 44-30.

“We got exactly what we deserved,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They played harder than we did.”

Neither [Baron] Davis, nor [Ryan] Hollins, actually played with James. Of the 10 Cavaliers who saw time on the court, only [JJ] Hickson, [Anthony] Parker and [Daniel] Gibson did so. So the victory clearly meant more to some than others. “Beating LeBron and beating the Heat doesn’t really mean anything to me,” Davis said with a smile. “I’ll take the free beer, though.”

It was clear that this game (and win) meant so much more to the Cavs and the city of Cleveland — from the look of jubilation on the players’ faces when it was all over, the fans’ relentless yelling throughout, and even the team owner’s sad, predictable Twitter jab.

Enjoy it, Cleveland. Because it’s now back to being the lowly Cavs, and he’ll still be LeBron James.

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  • JTaylor21

    Can we now all move on from this Bron vs City of Cleveland BS and focus on the real season?

  • http://slamonline.com Acclaimed

    Dan Gilbert is a pathetic peasant.

  • MUBWAR

    I like the last phrase. It sums everything up lebron will still be King n cavaliers go back to that dark whole we call worst team in the nba

  • bull22

    HAHAHAHAHA to all those who think dewayne wade is the greatest, his co-star gets a triple double and they still lose! and its 03302011 and who is at the top of the conference?? let me guess?? LOL! ITS CHICAGO………

  • bull22

    lets run this to 400 COMMENTS today! especially you BULLS HATERS! hahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahaa

  • bull22

    lets aim for 400 COMMENTS today! and RUN this HEAT into the GROUND! LOL

  • bull22

    lets go for 400 today, we got 310 yesterday…
    RUN THY HEAT into ground!

  • MUBWAR

    I can’t wait for the playoff for all these bulls fans to shut up. Rose is good but to bulls fan you might think its the return of Jordan.

  • D12FSU

    WADES COMING TO CHICAGOOOO! (GET ME OUTTA HERE)

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Yes!!! Now all we gotta do is get a ‘chip before Lebron then all will be right with the world. Pathetic!

  • Mr. Chill

    Lebron is a big baby. He trying to take over a team that was already wade’s. He is now a wannabe Kobe.

  • http://masterx1983@hotmail.com marchalmadness

    did the cavs make the playoffs with this victory? @bull: are the bulls already champion….am i living in the past;)

  • Trout

    One sweet win or challenging for the title choose one?

  • logues

    lets… ahhhh shoot for 400 comments today, and run thy heat into the ground!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    MUBWAR, all those Bulls related comments came from one person, stupid.
    Don’t even get me started on Heat “fans” like you.
    Who weren’t even down with them until July 9, 2010.

  • dako24

    Spit it Enigmatic. Tell them about the bandwagon.

  • Nella

    I want to hear from the LeBron camp about how awesome it was that he got a triple double. I can’t believe how many hollow stats he puts up that people mistake for actually impacting a game.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Ryan Hollins outscored all the Heat centers, combined. LOL because it is RYAN HOLLINS.

  • Clydesays

    Good for Cle I guess, but shouldn’t they be aiming for the highest pick at this point? Wins aren’t helping them.

    Gilbert? Every jab he aims at LBJ just makes him look worse in the eyes of any decent Free Agent. Does he really want to be known as a young Donald Sterling?

  • hoodsnake

    Now for that championship Dan Gilbert

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    Fan Up!!!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    nice to see cleveland turn into a real basketball team for 48 minutes. of course this means they’ll lose to charlotte tonight.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Honestly, I don’t think Dan Gilberts actions are going to keep superstars out of Cleveland. The fact that its CLEVELAND is what keeps them away. I think you guys give these athletes too much credit in terms of them giving a crap about owner loyalty. If Dan Gilbert was the owner in LA and did Kobe like he did LeBron, you think that would keep another star from signing there if the price was right? FOH. These guys are only loyal to the dollar.

    Good win for Cle. They’ve done plenty of involuntary tanking this season, they can play hard for one game.

  • Yesse

    These comments will be fun to read. The game certainly was one of the most entertaining ones of the season.

  • MikeC.

    It was actually a pretty fun game to watch. When Bibby dusted off his shooting touch in the 2nd half, things got interesting for a bit. The Cavs actually have some pretty decent players on their front line. Gee, Hickson and Hollins would all be decent rotation players on good teams.

  • robb

    lets move on please. Cleveland’s going nowhere, Lebron is going to the playoffs (as usual), people Cleveland fans celebrating this win are absolutely pathetic.

  • MikeC.

    Amazingly, the most important player on the court seemed to be Baron Davis. When he was sitting in the 2nd half, the Cavs’ lead went from 21 down to 3 or 4. When Baron came back in, they started getting open looks and easy dunks again. His stat lines aren’t that impressive but he seems to have a calming influence on young guys and the offense runs smoother with him on the floor.

  • ThaWindy

    Its not just a win. Its a embarrsing lost for the Heat and egg on LBJ and Wades arrogant faces…Let the Cav fans have their day..they havent had very many.

  • Rondo Fan

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Lebron lost. becides how likes Lebron James

  • T-Money

    dfrance: players are only loyal to the dollar as opposed to…?

  • Mr. UPS

    Bron is a coward for skipping his intro. That’s all I have to say…

  • johnny c

    this only shows how pathetic cleveland and their fans is. u got the worst record in the league and u act like u won a championship because your still butthurt that the king walked when his contract was up, something he had every right in the world to do. get a life people

  • T-Money

    mr. ups: so he was brave enough to stand there for the intros the first time around when the level of vitriol was much higher but he thought the 3rd game vs the cavs was too much to handle? and he was scared of the intros but not scared of throwing the powder? yup, makes sense.

  • JTaylor21

    Folks,.crack is wack!

  • JTaylor21

    Folks,.crack is wack.

  • MLK4Life

    LeBron suddenly has to use the bathroom the very his name is about to be called? Sure. Cavs suck. The Heat won’t be as good as their new fans think. Two alpha dog wing players will put up great stats but won’t win titles. Bosh is just along for the ride.

  • MLK4Life

    *Second

  • jimmer

    Another massive but totally ineffectual stat-line for the worlds greatest street-baller, who happens to be crammed into one of the 2 or 3 best bodies basketball has ever seen. Word up to the Roy Jones of basketball! (Meanwhile, Ali is out in LA, warming up for his next title defense…)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Uhhh, why wouldn’t he have to use the bathroom? When you gotta go, you gotta go.

  • tRay

    Congrats to the 2011 Champs the Cavs! Oh wait it was just a regular season game

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    he’s a coward? didnt he face the crowd the first time? smmfh

  • Michael

    lol Cavs! But seriously this doesnt really matter.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Mo Williams was just so excited to have LeBron back in the building.

  • Feez22

    Well… lakers/celtics fans prolly shouldn’t say anything about this. bulls fans, rage ahead until everyone remembers you lost to the nets and raptors.

  • kudos

    It’s hilarious that after Lebron’s entourage was turned away from the arena (why would he think he gets special treatment?) he decides to “use the bathroom” when his name is called. What a child.

  • http://Slam.com Cavs Suckk!!

    Cavs fans are such kids they act like they won a championship which will never NEVER happen there. If i were a fan i’d be talking about when there getting to the playoffs agian!

  • ai come back

    Wade wanted lebron on his team u retard………..and hollow stats………if lebrons stats are hollow then kevin love only gives a dam about getting records…. man get ur facts straight….

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    This game? Absolutely awesome. Awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com Pope

    Whats CHICAGO fans doing here? enjoy the regular season bulls fans since rose’s 3rd season.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    we all are happy for this victory for the Cavs. Now the real question is: where is eboy???

  • Michel, holland

    Come on, the cavs are the worst team in the nba…
    And Lebron is stil one of the best forwards in nba history. hating on Lebron is like hating MJ or Kobe.
    Lebron will get a ring and if he doesnt he is still one of the best players who played the game. And if you cant agree on that you dont know much about basketball.
    What is all the fuzz about Lebron going to Miami and
    everybody hates him. thats tippicly American.
    Give the guy a break, cleveland is nothing without him.
    And for Miami… you ever see a team play good together after one season, its a tottaly different team then last year. With a lot of starplayers playing
    together. offcourse things go a bit rough.
    But hating on Lebron, why, because you are a bulls fan or a celtics fan.
    Then i should call you guys internet hooligans, its just a poor interest and love for the game…

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