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CLEVELAND — LeBron James got tossed and the Cleveland Cavaliers won by 100.
OK, only the first part is true, but it sure felt like 100.
The actual final score was Cavs 108, Miami Heat 97 Tuesday night at The Q.
And yes, James was ejected for receiving two quick technical fouls from official Kane Fitzgerald. It happened with 1:59 left in the third quarter and the Cavs owning a comfortable lead.
Fitzgerald was the head of the officiating crew on this night, but throwing out LeBron is something you just don’t do.
Or is it?
“Yep, he deserved it,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, clearly joking and simply wanting to avoid any sort of fine.
James finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and found the situation considerably less funny.
“I said what I had to say and moved on, but he (Fitzgerald) decided I should get two of them,” James said.
He wasn’t finished.
“I’m one of the league leaders in points in the paint,” he said. “I drive just as much as anybody. At this point, it’s almost like they’re trying to turn me into a jump shooter.
“I can’t be a jump shooter. I’m not a jump shooter. I watch games every night and I see jump shooters going to the line every night. I get fouled just as much as anybody else.”
Not to be lost in all this madness?
These Cleveland Cavaliers have won nine straight games (and for your stat geeks, 10 of 11 overall).
And man, what a night had by Kevin Love.
He finished with 38 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, all while trying to defend mammoth Heat center Hassan Whiteside and collecting nine rebounds.
Afterward, Love was all smiles.
“We’re playing really well right now,” he said, and man, the Cavaliers sure are.
Along with holding yet another opponent to less than 100 points, the Cavs (14-7) scored 75 by halftime — their best output for a half on the season.
This on the second night of a back-to-back.
Dwyane Wade was again magnificent, leading the bench bunch with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. His ability to find comfort in his role, and produce in nearly every area, continues to have a major impact on this team.
J.R. Smith added 12 points and five boards, and Kyle Korver scored 11.
Old friend Dion Waiters led the Heat with 21 points, but it took him a game-high 19 shots (and 11 attempted threes) to do it.
The Cavs never trailed and led by as many as 34 points.