CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed out eight assists against his former club on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to spark the Miami Heat over the host Cleveland Cavaliers 95-84.
James, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, guided the two-time defending NBA champions to their eighth victory in a row as well as Miami’s eighth consecutive victory in matchups against the Cavaliers, the home-area club James played for until leaving for the Heat in 2010.
“It’s always a little weird,” James said of playing against Cleveland and fans who still feel spurned by his departure. “I just wanted to come out and take care of business.”
Dwyane Wade added 22 points for the Heat, and Michael Beasley scored 17 off the bench for Miami, which is 11-1 overall against Cleveland since James joined the Heat.
James will host his teammates at his Ohio home on Thursday for a US Thanksgiving holiday celebration.
Dion Waiters scored 24 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight. Kyrie Irving scored 16 points and Earl Clark netted13 for Cleveland.
The Heat, who have not lost since falling to Boston on November 9, will visit Toronto on Friday (Saturday in Manila).