LeBron James scores 28, Heat beat Cavaliers

LeBron James scored 28 points and added 8 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 95-84. Miami (12-3) is now on an 8-game winning streak, dating back to a 118-95 win against Milwaukee Bucks on November 12th.

James shot 9-19 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 9-11 from the free throw line. He also registered 8 assists and 3 steals. Michael Beasley chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds for Miami as well. On 7-14 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-11 from the free throw line, Dion Waiters scored 24 points off the bench for Cleveland in the loss. Anderson Varejao contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Poor shooting (eFG% of 41.0%) combined with sloppy ball-handling (TO% of 18.3) proved too much to overcome for the Cavaliers. On the season, they are winless (0-3) when posting an eFG% of worse than 45% while also giving the ball away on more than 17% of their possessions. The Heat are 1-0 when coaxing their opponents into such substandard offensive showings.

Cleveland (4-11) has now dropped their last 4 consecutive games.

Coming up next, the Heat take on the Toronto Raptors, who are 6-8 on the year. The Cavaliers meet the Boston Celtics, currently 6-11 this season. The Heat are 1-0 versus Toronto this season.