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Finally! Cavs get their revenge on LeBron



Published: Wed, March 30, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cleveland Cavaliers' Christian Eyenga dunks against the Miami Heat in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in Cleveland.

CAVALIERS 102

HEAT 90

Next: Cavaliers at Charlotte, today, 7 p.m.

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

As he left the arena, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott smiled and accepted fist bumps and congratulations from security guards lining the hallway.

“Coach,” one of them said, “we’re going to talk about this one all summer.”

And probably for many more.

Cleveland got the win it wanted most.

Take that, LeBron.

Despite blowing a 23-point lead, the Cavs battled back to beat the Miami Heat 102-90 on Tuesday night, getting a small dose of satisfaction against James, the franchise’s biggest star who was making his second homecoming visit to Cleveland since bolting last summer.

J.J. Hickson scored 21, Anthony Parker scored 20 and unsung center Ryan Hollins threw around his weight for the Cavs, who were embarrassed by the Heat 118-90 on Dec. 2 — a night when Cleveland fans unleashed pent-up hatred on James, the native son who scorned them.

This time, it was James who left the floor beaten. He finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and had to endure another night of constant booing from fans who once cherished his every move but now view him as a bitter enemy for betraying them.

James took the loss in stride, giving the Cavs credit they deserved.

“Anytime we play anybody, we know we’re going to get the best out of them,” James said. “They came out and played extremely well. It was a good win for them.”

It was more than that for Cleveland.

James’ departure was a crippling blow to a city that hasn’t celebrated a championship since 1964, and a region desperate for something positive to happen.

For at least one night, Cleveland rocked again.

“This was for the fans and for their support,” Cavs guard Daniel Gibson said. “They’ve stayed behind us and this was a way of saying thank you.”

In the closing seconds, the sellout crowd of 20,562 cut loose at a victory even the most loyal Clevelander couldn’t have imagined.

On the floor afterward, Parker, whose last 3-pointer with 2:47 left capped a 12-0 run and put the Heat away, addressed Cavs fans.

“You guys deserve it,” he said as the fans erupted.

Later, Parker said the Cavs were out to fix what went wrong on Dec. 2.

“The first time we played them here, we were embarrassed and they took a little from us,” he said. “This is the night that we wanted to get that back, for us, but more for the fans. That was great getting it back for them.”

The Cavaliers were a different team — literally — from the one that laid down against the Heat here in December. Injuries and trades have reduced Cleveland’s roster to a shell of the one James played with and helped win 60 games last season.

The Heat rallied from a 71-48 deficit, tying it at 83-all on Mike Bibby’s seventh 3-pointer with 7:03 left. But Miami went scoreless for 4:24, allowing the Cavs to get just their 15th win — and most lopsided this season.


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1dubfun(174 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Go Cavs!! LeBron had a good game, but the rest of the Heat looked bad. How long before LeBron starts to pout and looks to abandon the Heat for another team? The Heat will continue to struggle until they get a good center and a superstar point guard. Ooops! Not possible. They blew their payroll on a cry-baby superstar and two wannabe's.

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2blutarsky(25 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

oh yea, i bet james is sorry now to leave that fine team and city filled with championships! what a bunch of losers cleveland fans are. he gave you 7 great years and made that crappy owner alot of cash and now that he wants to win somthing you hate him, sick. good luck cavs fans, you will never, never win a nba championship.

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3YoungstownProud(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Cleveland needed this.

Karma.

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4DAL(90 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Congrats to the Cavs for beating the Heat. I know it was only a game, but it was the most important payback game for the Cavs.
BLUTARSKY- Don't you get it!!! It wasn't that Lebron left-It Was The Way He Did It!!!! As for the Crappy Cleveland Fans-they are the greatest fans around.
You won't find any Bandwagon Fans in Cleveland. They stick by their team Win or Lose!!!

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5jrolley325(789 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

which explained all the empty seats at browns stadium and those oh so huge crowds of 12,000 at progressive field these days.

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6MLC75(526 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@DAL I agree with you 100%,win or lose I stay loyal to Cleveland teams.We are the greatest fans around.

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7jrolley325(789 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

lol its hilarious how self-righteous cleveland fans can get by being the self-proclaimed "most loyal fans" when they're really no different than fans of any other city. before lebron james came along, you couldn't give tickets away to a cavs game. the browns need last-second help from local tv stations just to avoid getting blacked out, and there is basically nobody at indians games anymore. face it, you're no different than any other small market.

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8DAL(90 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

No matter what you haters say-Doesn't mean a thing to me!!!! The Cavs Beat The Heat & Lebron!!!! Yes, it may have been 1 win out of 3 -But They Still Won!!!!

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9MLC75(526 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Right on DAL,there are alot of Cleveland haters in Y-town.

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10jrolley325(789 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

im not a "hater"....in fact, i hate the nba. but you can't show me one small market whose fan support never dwindles in good times and bad. cleveland has just as many bandwagoners as any other city, and you're deluding yourself if you think otherwise.

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11jrolley325(789 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

not "cleveland hater"*

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12woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Whoa i would never call Wade a wannabe. Truth is hes the best player on the heat and the only one of the three to win and carry his team to the title. Sad thing for him is that everyone will cater to LeBych and they will never ever win a title. Good Job Cavs

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