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Cleveland coach Mike Brown leaned against the white concrete wall outside his team’s locker room, getting asked about the Miami Heat’s big scoring run that helped send his Cavaliers to their worst loss of the season.
“Which time?” was Brown’s reply.
And that was the problem. Miami’s first run wasn’t enough to doom the Cavaliers but the Heat’s second burst certainly finished the job.
The Heat used a 22-0 first-half run to build a lead, then went on a 19-1 burst in the fourth quarter to seal their 101-73 win over Cleveland on Thursday night, snapping the Cavaliers’ seven-game winning streak.
Dwyane Wade had 24 points and six assists and Shaquille O’Neal had 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which moved a season-high 11 games over .500. LeBron James had 29 points for Cleveland, which was playing its fourth game in five nights.