There was no miracle in Cleveland, where the Heat, still without many elements including Jimmy Butler, who returned to Miami to treat his knee, did not last more than half against the enthusiasm of JB Bickerstaff’s troops.
The Floridians however started well, with a particularly good Bam Adebayo in the game, finishing a 13-2 to put his people in orbit (8-17). But the estimates did not last long on the Cleveland side, which quickly corrected the situation.
First was the 3-point basket by the Garland-Okoro-Osman trio to replace the locals after 12 minutes (28-27), then a one-sided start to the second quarter, concretized by 12-0 (40-30) . Evan Mobley hit a third dunk while the Garland-Mitchell pair increased the gap to +17 at the break (59-42).
The Cavaliers kept their foot on the accelerator after coming back from the locker room to quickly secure the win, with an in-form Cedi Osman (11 points in the third quarter) and a Garland-Mitchell-Mobley trio ever-present for emphasis. the victory. space (95-64).
Despite a bit of pride in the final period, Miami finished -26 and still lost a player, Duncan Robinson, who hit his left ankle after falling on the foot of Evan Mobley (113-87). When he doesn’t want to…
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– The Heat’s bad luck. The incredible carnage continued for Miami as, barely making it back, Duncan Robinson injured himself again, in his left ankle this time, after suffering from his hand in the previous days. Looking at the roster, what else does Miami expect from this game? Not so much…
– The Cavs collective in their 31. The Cavaliers showed no emotion against a diminished Miami formation. JB Bickerstaff’s men brought out their basketball to quickly defeat their opponent on the night. Result: 7 players with 8 points and more, and 31 assists. It’s the third time this season that Cleveland has surpassed 30 assists in a game, a sign that the team is in good shape.
✅ Darius Garland. The spark that ignited the powder. Too quickly for Kyle Lowry and the Heat defense in general, the Cavs bandleader launched his basketball and the others followed. A big match with “only” 28 minutes of play at the end.
✅ Cedi Osman. He turned the game upside down when he warmed up at the end of the third quarter. 12 bonus rebounds and a +/- from elsewhere, at +39 for Cleveland when Turk was on the floor!
✅⛔️Bam Adebayo. His impact was greatly diminished over the course of the match but the Florida pivot was still ineligible. As in the Heat’s last win, Bam Adebayo was flawless in his state of mind and investment. Unfortunately for Miami, that wasn’t enough.
⛔️ Kyle Lowry. An effect that was too weak on his part considering the current context. Clumsy, he also lost five wolves. One of his worst games of the season so far.
Cleveland (10-6): Back-to-back at home for the Cavaliers who host Atlanta tonight (01:00)
Miami (7-10): same thing for the Heat which for its part is expected on the floor of the Wolves tonight (02:00)