1. Cavs overcome Raptors
For much of the night, the headline was the Raptors’ 79 first half points. Toronto nearly tallied 80 points in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers, on the road nonetheless. From the moment it happened, the NBA world began talking about how good this Toronto team truly is. However, some are quick to forget who played for the opposing team. Whereas Dwight Howard turned back the clock, LeBron James showed fans why he is often regarded as the G.O.A.T. James led his Cavaliers team back, despite giving up 79 points in the first half, to a win over the East’s No. 1 seed.
Possibly more impressive than 79 first half points was the King’s final stat line on the night. King James finished with 35 points, 17 assists and 0 turnovers. Yes, 0 turnovers. He becomes the first player in NBA history to record a 35+ point, 15+ assist and 0 turnover game. James led the Cavs back from down 15 at the break to claim a crucial win for Cleveland.
Although a lot of outside noise has surrounded Cleveland recently with Ty Lue going on leave, Kevin Love’s return and the new-look Cavs struggling a bit as the No. 3 seed, the Cavs flipped the script on Wednesday night. Acting head coach Larry Drew called the performance a season-changing one following the conclusion of the comeback. Whereas it’s incredibly improbable the Cavaliers catch either the Celtics or the Raptors in the standings, James and company now have a great amount of confidence heading into the post-season. Watch out Eastern Conference.