The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially righted the ship after an early, struggling start to their season, and the combination of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade took care of their former team on Tuesday night. The two combined for 38 points, while Kevin Love had 38 points alone in a 108-97 win over the Miami Heat. The win is the Cavs' ninth straight, which is their longest win streak since 2015. Love scored 32 of his 38 points in the first half, while James had 21 and Wade added 17 in their 14th win of the year. The Cavs led by as many as 23 on the night, but there was a first for the league's best player. With 1:59 to play in the third quarter, James drove the length of the floor, to the basket and wanted a foul on the drive, which he didn't get. That caused him to begin screaming at the official, which led to two straight technical fouls and the first ejection of his career. James hadn't been ejection in 1,082 career NBA games, as only Pau Gasol and Tony Parker had played more games without getting thrown out. James says he has't been thrown out of a game since playing as a boy in Akron. Dion Waiters led the Heat with 21 points in the loss, which snapped their three-game win streak. They now sit at an even 10-10 this season and will visit the New York Knicks tonight, while the Cavs take their win streak to Atlanta for a matchup with the Hawks on Thursday.
Purdue Upsets Louisville in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge always brings about interesting matchups every season, which leads to exciting moments on the court. After Virginia took care of Wisconsin on Monday night, the Purdue Boilermakers gave the Big Ten Conference their first win over the ACC by upsetting the Louisville Cardinals 66-57 on Tuesday. The 17th-ranked Cardinals dropped their first game of the season, as the Boilermakers used a late run to pull away after leading by one at the half. Vince Edwards shot a solid 5-of-10 from the floor for 15 points along with seven rebounds to lead Purdue, who just fell out of the top-25 rankings in the AP Polls this week. Both teams struggled on the night, shooting around 30 percent from the floor, but the Boilermakers' late run helped them improve to 4-0 on their home floor. Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias helped that effort with 13 points apiece in Purdue's second straight win over a ranked opponent, and 11th in a row at home. The Cardinals got 17 points from V.J. King and 13 from Deng Adel in a loss in what was their first true road game of the season. They will return home this Sunday to play host to Seton Hall, while the Boilermakers begin conference play with their 6-2 overall record when they visit Maryland on Friday night.
Flyers Get Booed Off Ice in Ninth Straight Loss
The Philadelphia Flyers fans have seen enough after Tuesday night, when their team got beat on their home ice, 3-1, by the San Jose Sharks. That sends Philly to their ninth consecutive loss, which has them in last place in the Metropolitan Division. Joe Thornton, Chris Tierney, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic all scored for the Sharks, while Logan Couture added two assists in their second straight win of a four-game road trip. Backup Aaron Dell had a stellar effort for the Sharks with 22 saves in their 13th win of the season. Claude Giroux got past Dell for the Flyers' lone goal of the year in the first period, as they suffered their 10th regulation loss of the season. Giroux's 11th goal gave Philadelphia the lead, but they have now dropped seven games after leading at one point. The struggling Flyers are 0-4-5 since defeating the Chicago Blackhawks on November 9th, which is their longest losing streak since going 0-8-2 in February of 2008. After getting booed off their home ice at the Wells Fargo Center, the team reportedly had a closed-door meeting to convince the players that they are still a playoff team, and that head coach Dave Hakstol's job is not in jeopardy. They will need to prove it soon as they move on to host the Boston Bruin on Saturday afternoon. The Sharks will continue their road trip in Florida against the Panthers on Friday night.