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Heat stay alive, rally to top Cavaliers 124-121 in OT

Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game's final four from the foul line in overtime, and the Heat kept their postseason hopes alive by rallying past the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night.

The All-Star forward will be on the sidelines despite the possibility of Cleveland claiming the No. 1 overall seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the Cavs can't win a game on the road even against the bottom feeders in the west, how are they supposed to just walk through the east to the finals and repeat as champions? They head into the post-season looking very vulnerable.

Like James, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue admires George's willpower and is thrilled he's back to being himself and in the playoffs. "But I've got the answer why I feel like we've got a great chance", James affirmed Cavalier fans everywhere. He was signed before the last game a year ago, and the 12-year veteran provided defense and experience.

"It's a new year and we've moved on to Milwaukee", he said. He was a big part of what we did in the playoffs (last year) because there was never any slippage. "This is a heck of a time". But the Cavs lack size up front as starting forward Tristan Thompson has been sidelined for the last four games with a sprained right thumb. Although the Raptors have not announced anything yet, do not expect to see a lot of Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan against Cleveland.

The biggest highlight was Valanciunas' long shot. JR is a fine player, but championship teams aren't made or broke by guys like JR Smith, not when 6 of the other 7 guys who play the most minutes on the team were all healthy for 70 or more games (the other one being Kevin Love). He backpedaled on defence and raised his arms in triumph as his teammates celebrated as if he had just hit a game-winner.

Paul George will need to play extremely well if the Indiana Pacers are going to upset the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.

Why shouldn't James be optimistic as he has been to six-straight NBA Finals. The Bulls are, somehow, 4-0 against the Cavs this season.

"We just thought these two guys were what we needed going into the playoffs to potentially help us", Lue said. That's the most important thing to me, to this organization and to our team.

Cleveland went 3-1 against Indiana.

April 2: LeBron and Paul George waged their classic duel.

Cleveland scored the next nine points, going back on top when Love put back his own miss for a 108-106 lead with 1:40 remaining.

Larry Sanders was signed back on March 13 and has only appeared in five games for the Wine and Gold. DeRozan finished the season with a career-high 2,020 points, while his 27.3 average was the second highest in franchise history.

They are defending champions in name only.

James understands the Cavaliers appear vulnerable, perhaps beatable as they enter the National Basketball Association playoffs following a recent tailspin. The well-liked Jones also brings some accountability.

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