60 wins? Check. 12-game winning streak? Check. Give LeBron James a 4th quarter off? Check.
The Cavaliers accomplished all those things and so much more on a nationally televised beatdown of the Dallas Mavericks 102-74. The final 'diff' was no indication of just how badly, how soundly the Cavaliers outplayed the Mavericks over the final 34 minutes.
It also does little to provide any type of indication as to how poorly the Cavs were playing over the first 14 minutes. Outplayed for most of the 1st quarter plus, the Cavs found themselves down by 15 points with 10 minutes to go in the 1st half. It was the biggest deficit the team had faced at home all season. The ABC crew made sure everyone knew that. Even after cutting the lead to 2 by halftime wasn't enough to shut the big mouth of Michael Wilbon in the studio who praised the Mavericks.
Those middle 20 minutes, from the 10 minute mark of the 2nd quarter to the 2 minute mark fo the 3rd, the Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 54-21. It was as impressive a showing by the Cavaliers as we have seen all season, and the fact the Cavaliers did it for the world to see makes it that much better.
Perhaps this game, more than any other, is the final act of a MVP regular season for LeBron James. Not because of the scoring, but because of the way he set his teammates up, especially in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. LeBron scored 24 points, had 6 rebounds and an incredible 12 assists in just 31 minutes, spending the entire 4th quarter having a blast on the bench with his teammates.
The Cavs broke another team record, this time for consecutive wins in a season with 12 and added to their record for wins in a season, now at 60. The Cavaliers also improved to 25-4 against the Western Conference, best in the NBA.
Up next for the Cavs, another home game, this time against their possible 1st Round foe, the Detroit Pistons.