#LeBron James and the Cleveland #Cavaliers had a disappointing start to the 2017-18 NBA season. The Cavaliers went 5-7 in their first 12 games because of chemistry issues and injuries. But in their next 12 outings, the Cavs were on a tear and LeBron may have seen this happening beforehand.
On December 4, the Cavaliers dominated the Chicago Bulls for a 113-91 victory. It was their 12th consecutive win that improved their record to 17-7. Following the game, LeBron admitted that he did not envision the success the Cavs are currently experiencing. However, the four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion mentioned that he saw something with their game before the streak.
According to the Associated Press, LeBron said, "But in the Houston game, I’d seen the way we played in that game. And I’d seen that if we could build off that game, then we can kind of turn the things around." The "Houston game" LeBron spoke about was the Cavaliers' 117-113 loss to the Rockets on November 9.
That was the last time the Cavaliers suffered the pain of defeat. Indeed they turned things around since then. From sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, LeBron and the Cavs are now the second-best in the East just behind the Boston Celtics (21-4).
Stars came to play
In the #Cleveland Cavaliers' dominant performance versus the Chicago Bulls, they relied on their top stars. Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade led all scorers for the Cavaliers with 24 points each. Love even completed another double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds.
LeBron James scored 23 points, while also tallying seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals for the Cavaliers. Veteran big man Jeff Green was a spark off the bench as well, similar to Wade. Green recorded 14 points, which came with eight boards and two dimes.
Streak to continue?
There is a good chance that the winning streak goes on for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The next few games on their schedule will see them face squads that they already defeated or are currently struggling. On December 6, they are going to host the Sacramento Kings, who are 14th in the West with a 7-14 record. Then, the Cavaliers are set to take on the Indiana Pacers (December 8), Philadelphia 76ers (December 9), and the Atlanta Hawks (December 12). Two of these squads already fell to the Cavs this season. On December 14, it is the Los Angeles Lakers visiting them at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Lakers are riding a five-game losing skid.
Perhaps the toughest test for LeBron and the Cavaliers are the Pacers. The Pacers blew out the Cavs, 124-107, in November, though that occurred before the reigning Eastern Conference champs found their rhythm.