Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LeBron James's triple double was not enough to help the Miami Heat overcome the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat the playoff bound Heat 102-90 on Tuesday.

James, who left Cleveland last season to join Miami as a free agent and was roundly booed by the crowd again -- he first returned home last December -- ended with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Cavaliers, who won 61 games last season but have struggled without James to a NBA worst 15-58 record so far this season, had built a 23-point lead during the game on Tuesday.

Miami, however, clawed back to tie the game at 83-83 with 7:01 to go, but Cleveland went on a 12-0 run to earn their surprising victory.

J.J. Hickson recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Parker added 20 points as the Cavaliers gave their hostile crowd much to cheer about.