LeBron James and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 24 games, coming back from a 27-point deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-95, at Quicken Loans Arena in one of the most incredible, bizarre and memorable NBA contests in memory.
The start of the game was delayed for nearly 40 minutes as a cooling agent for the pyrotechnics on the Cavs' scoreboard dripped onto the floor during warmups. But not even dousing the hardwood in fire retardant was enough to prevent the Heat from coming back to torch the host Cavaliers.
The Cavs used a 23-2 run in the second quarter to expand their advantage to as many as 22 points before halftime. In that fateful period, the Heat scored a total of 10 points and saw their halftime rebounding disadvantage widen to an incredible 27-12.
James committed four turnovers in the half and made just two of five shots.
But Shane Battier brought the Heat back in the third quarter, hitting three long-range bombs. And the King held court in the fourth, raining triples and finishing at the rim in a stunning final period that featured a scary stoppage when a fan ran onto the court right next to James.
The final result was nothing short of incredible, as the Heat improbably extended their streak by flipping the same switch that they've relied on all year.
James finished with a triple-double and after the dust had settled, the Cleveland fans were once again "Witnesses." This time, though, they watched helplessly as James and the Heat roared back to rip victory No. 24 from the jaws of defeat.