It was all going Cleveland's way.
It appeared the Cavaliers, the team jilted by LeBron James just a few short years ago, would get a minor ounce of revenge. With 7:44 left in the third quarter, Cleveland held a surprising 67-40 advantage over Miami, looking destined to snap the Heat's 23-game winning streak.
But then LeBron James decided his team's attempt at history would not be ending Wednesday.
James scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, as the Heat stormed back to shock the Cavaliers, 98-95. The victory was Miami's 24th in a row, moving them within nine of the all-time record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
In front of thousands of rabid Cleveland fans -- including one who made his way onto the court -- James provided perhaps his most impressive effort of the season. The reigning MVP capped off his triple double with a monstrous final frame that also featured seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. The outburst came after Miami limped out of the gate and still trailed Cleveland by 17 points during the fourth quarter.
While the Heat continue to win, they have been tested this week. Before surviving in Cleveland, Miami was taken to the brink by the Boston Celtics before squeaking by with a 105-103 win Monday.
The Heat now head home for games against Detroit and Charlotte, two teams at or near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
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