After the Cavs’ win over the Pacers on Wednesday, Cleveland will take a break for a little over a week for the NBA All-Star break.
The Cavaliers are currently 39-16 overall after finishing up the front half of February with a 7-1 record. 55 games in, we take a look at the ten most memorable moments from the last three and a half months, in chronological order.
Cavaliers Receive Their NBA Championship Rings and Raise the Banner
LeBron James covered his face, spread his arms wide as he looked to the sky. The moment had arrived.
CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 25: J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds his ring against the championship banner as it is raised before the game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Cavs Halloween Party, hosted by LeBron James, Openly Mocks Warriors
Based off of Instagram, and Richard Jefferson’s Snapchat, the Cavaliers had a pretty fun Halloween party on Sunday night.
Cavaliers Honored at White House by President Barack Obama
Obama honored the Cavs on the South Lawn of the White House, squeezing in another sports champion before he leaves office. He opened by saying, “That’s right. I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.”
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden pose for photos with members of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a South Lawn event November 10, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the Cavaliers to honor their 2016 NBA championship. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Kevin Love Goes Off For 34 points in the 1st Quarter
Kevin Love set a franchise record for points in a quarter, dropping 34 in the first quarter vs. the Portland Trailblazers. He made 11-of-14 from the field in the opening period, draining 8-of-10 from beyond the three-point line.
Kevin Love #0 and Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high five during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 23, 2016 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
J.R. Smith’s Mid-Game Shenanigans
J.R. Smith’s lack of awareness on in Milwaukee — that’s at least one way to phrase it — was an “embarrassing moment,” after Smith left his defensive post during an inbound play to dap up Jason Terry on the Bucks bench, a distraction which easily allowed Tony Snell to score.
James Makes Good On Bet With Wade, Shows Up In Cubs Uniform
LeBron James dressed like a champion — a World Series champion.
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers enters the United Center in a Chicago Cubs uniform after losing a World Series bet with Dwyane Wade of the Chicago Bulls on December 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cavs Top Warriors On Christmas Day, Jefferson’s Dunk and Kyrie’s Jumper are the Highlights
Like 2 heavyweight prize fighters, the Cavs and Warriors matched blow for blow for 48 minutes in what could be called a Christmas classic.
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 25: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors to win the game in the final seconds at Quicken Loans Arena on December 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 109-108. / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
LeBron Calls Out Direction Of Franchise, Looks For Playmaker, Follows With Cryptic Tweets
“I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James told a small group of beat reporters who travel regularly to cover Cleveland’s road games. “I just hope we’re not satisfied.”
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LeBron Hits A Bonkers Shot To Send Game To OT vs. Wizards
Despite fouling out in OT of the Cavs 140-135 win, LeBron James’ hit the shot of the year (so far) with less than a second left in regulation against the Wizards in Washington.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the tie-winning shot during the game against the Washington Wizards on February 6, 2017 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBron’s Insane No-Look Pass Between Andrew Wiggins’ Legs
Running down the court, with a wide open Kyle Korver to his left, James decided to make a no-look pass to Derrick Williams on the low block. The pass also just happened to split between Andrew Wiggins’ legs.