LeBron James: Wearing No. 23 Should Be Off Limits

With Michael Jordon watching, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James battled for Eastern Conference bragging rights. Wade won the scoring battle but LeBron and the Cavs earned the win to improve to 6-3. Afterward, LeBron stole the show by announcing that he will change his number to 6 next season in honor of MJ.

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James: I Will Change My Jersey Number Next Year

Michael Jordan was in the crowd tonight to watch LeBron battle Dwayne Wade. Afterwards, LeBron talked about how “humbling” it was for MJ to be there. He then added that, in tribute to His Airness, James, who wears No. 23, will change his number next year out of respect:

I’ve been thinking about it lately and what I’ma do…I think I’m gonna change my number next year. I think no guy in the NBA should ever wear 23…[Jordan] can’t get the NBA logo, much respect to Jerry West, so I think his number shouldn’t be worn by any player in the NBA so I’m thinking about just changing my number next year just to show the tribute of what he did for the game…he laid down the stepping stones for everybody to come up through the ranks."

Every notable NBA player who played before 1985 just went “WTF?!?!”

When asked what number he would wear next year, LeBron said “Probably 6, my Olympic number.” And when asked what jersey he’ll be wearing, LeBron just smiled and said, “We’ll see.”

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LeBron's 34 Better Than Wade's 36 In 111-104 Cav's Victory

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – LeBron James finished with 34 points, including 16 from the free throw line, to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-104 victory over Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Wade finished with a game-high 36 points, but it was James and the Cavaliers who came away with the win, their third in a row. James, who had seven assists, scored Cleveland’s final eight points.

The Cavaliers also got a great shooting night from Mo Williams, who made 10- of-15 overall, including 5-of-7 from three-point range, to end with 25 points. J.J. Hickson contributed a career-high 18 points for Cleveland.

Michael Beasley added 24 points and six rebounds for the Heat, whose three- game win streak came to an end. Jermaine O’Neal finished with 15 points and nine boards in the setback.

Just short of the midway point in the final quarter, two James free throws made it a 101-91 contest, but the Heat scored eight of the game’s next 10 points to trim their deficit.

Wade fueled the run with six points, including a basket with just over three minutes to play to get Miami within 103-99. The Cavs missed three shots and had another blocked by Wade during the stretch.

However, James followed Wade’s basket by drilling a three with 2:41 to play, extending the lead back to seven. James made 5-of-6 free throws the rest of the way, as Miami missed most of its shots, sealing the Cleveland victory.

James’ jumper ended the back-and-forth first quarter to give Cleveland a 35-33 edge, and the teams continued to trade points in the second. Late in the half, Wade made 1-of-2 free throws before Williams drained a three-pointer with under half a minute to go. Dorell Wright answered with a basket to bring the Heat to within 62-57 at the break.

Cleveland gained a slight edge in the third, when Williams’ three made it an 80-72 game midway through the frame. The Cavs couldn’t pull away but continued to lead, and Gibson’s three capped the quarter to put Cleveland ahead 92-84 going to the fourth.

Hickson began the final quarter with a basket, and a little more than a minute later he sank 1-of-2 from the line, extending the Cavs’ advantage to double digits.

Delonte West was inactive for the Cavaliers, who got 14 points from Shaquille O’Neal…James finished 8-of-20 from the field and made 16-of-18 from the free throw line…Wade was 9-of-21 shooting and made 15-of-21 foul shots…Each team had 11 turnovers…The loss was the second of the season for Miami, which is 2-1 on its current five-game homestand. The Heat host New Jersey on Saturday…Cleveland has won six of seven overall and ended its road trip a perfect 3-0. The Cavs host Utah on Saturday.

Via Sports Network

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