After defeating the Magic the night before, the Cavaliers came to Miami intending to sweep the sunshine state. It was a physical match-up from start of the game. Anthony Parker picked up early fouls which gave Jamario Moon some time off the bench. Moon played extremely well in 30 minutes scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. JJ Hickson had his third consecutive start and had a career night. Hickson scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting and pulled down four rebounds. However, as some of you could imagine, the show was about Dwyane Wade and Lebron James. Both of them putting on an offensive clinic in front of a crowd that included Scottie Pippen, Lenny Kravitz, Joey Porter, Alonzo Mourning, and the legendary Michael Jordan. The first quarter was a close match with both teams giving up points. Then this happened.
I literally fell out of my seat watching that. Now I know I represent the Cavaliers when I blog, but Moon did play in Miami for half of a season, but I couldn't help but get pumped from that dunk. Despite that play, the Cavaliers still managed to out-battle the Miami Heat to win 111-104.
Dwyane Wade led his Heat with 36 points, five assists, four rebounds, and one facial. Following him was Michael Beasley with 24 points and six rebounds. The Miami bench did outscore Cleveland's by four points, but the starters were outscored by 11 points.
Mo Williams once again had a terrific game shooting the lights out and scoring 25 points. The leader for the Cavaliers was Lebron James with 34 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. After the game Lebron had an interesting announcement about next year.
To honor Michael Jordan, Lebron said Thursday night he would be changing his jersey number from 23 to 6 next season. "I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon," Lebron said. He also went on to say the rest of league should do the same, "He can't get the logo, and if he can't, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I'm starting a petition, and I've got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it." Lebron's new number 6 will represent his Olympic number and the number of his second favorite player, Dr. J.
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