LeBron’s Cavs Lose in Miami

The Heat spoiled LeBron James' return to South Beach as Dwyane Wade scored 31 points in Miami's 101-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat blew a 17-point lead and trailed early in the fourth quarter before handing the Cavaliers their fourth loss in 16 games since a 5-7 start.  He was given a loud but mixed ovation during pregame introductions, but it was all cheers after the Heat unveiled a tribute video for their former star.  The video was a minute-long series of clips commemorating his four NBA Finals runs and two titles in Miami, after which he waved to the crowd and got a lengthy standing ovation.  James scored a game-high 30 in his first game at Miami since he left the Heat to return to the Cavaliers.

Meanwhile, James and Stephen Curry of Golden State are the leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star fan voting. Pistons center Andre Drummond is 15th among front

court players.

 

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons play the Indiana Pacers at the Palace tonight. The Pistons are 5-and-23 after Sunday's loss to the Nets. The Pacers come in at 10-and-19.

Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit

There are three bowl games on the schedule today.  At Ford Field, Rutgers and North Carolina play in the first-ever Quick Lane Bowl at 4:30 on ESPN.  The Scarlet Knights are 7-and-5 while the Tar Heels come in at 6-and-6.

Newcomer Rutgers is representing the Big Ten.  North Carolina is in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rutgers must try to find a way to stop North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams. He threw for 2,870 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

In “The Heart of Dallas Bowl”, 8-4 Louisiana Tech meets 6-6 Illinois. The St. Petersburg Bowl matches 9-3 Central Florida against North Carolina State, which is 7-5

The Michigan State Spartans board a plane today, as they head to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl a week from today against Baylor.  There’s no word if defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will be making that trip, as he has taken the head coaching job at Pittsburgh.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice tomorrow when they travel to take on Ottawa.

The Wings snapped their six-game winless streak with a 6-3 victory over Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at as they converted on four of six power play chances.

College Basketball

The MSU Spartans will host Maryland next Tuesday at 5.  U of M begins Big Ten play against Illinois next Tuesday in Ann Arbor.