Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What a trip!

The Cavaliers concluded their grueling 4-games-in-5-nights road trip last night with a thrilling 107-100 (highlights) come-from-behind win in Miami. Down 11 points with 8 minutes left in the fourth, the Cavs went on an 18-2 run that may have been the best basketball I've seen a team play in quite some time. They switched to double-teaming Dwyane Wade and completely shut him down, after he had shredded their defense for three quarters. And the offensive execution was nearly flawless when they needed it most. The 18-2 run featured four huge three pointers (two by LeBron and two by Mo) a LeBron dunk, a Z jumper, and a Mo floater. Then LBJ capped things off with a rousing dunk that was reminiscent of the one he threw down late in the fourth quarter of his epic Game 5 performance in the Palace two years ago. Mo and LeBron combined for 72 points on the night, in what was probably their best performance together so far this year.

The L-Train throwin' the hamma down

In a season full of wins this year for the Cavs, this may have been the signature one so far. To cap off such a tough road trip in this fashion was nothing short of brilliant. The win also puts them at 12-2 on the second night of back-to-backs and 10-2 within games played in a 4-in-5-nights set (yes they've had three of those already this year, but thankfully that's the end of them). There is still a lot of season left, but every Cavs fan has to be happy today. At 47-12 they now hold a full one game lead on the Celtics for the coveted #1 seed in the East. Hopefully the team gets some much-needed rest today before maybe getting some help in the form of Joe Smith tomorrow. I'm looking forward to hearing the crowd greeting the team tomorrow at the Q... wish I was going. And then the big showdown in Boston on Friday night is looming on the horizon. Go Cavs.

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