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Beating the Heat

March 24th, 2005
by Yao

thumbnailWe pulled out a close 84-82 victory against a very strong Miami team the other night, snapping their 12-game win streak. Tracy had another great all-around game for us and Dikembe really came through as well, hauling in something like 15 boards, while helping to defend Shaquille O’Neal.

The win against the Heat was very big for us, especially at this point in the season. Miami has the best record in the Eastern Conference, and the way it looks now, the road to the Finals will probably lead through them. We also have won eight of our last eleven games and have the best record at this point, the best this team has had since the 1996-97 season.

Tonight, we play Cleveland at home. Although LeBron has been unbelievable for them this year, overall the team has really struggled the second half of the season. This will be only their second game under their new coach, but they did have an impressive win the other night against the defending champions, so it’s important for us not to let down our guard. In the only game we had against the Cavs this season, however, we managed to limit LeBron very well, but more importantly we walked away with the win. Hopefully this outcome will be no different.