Play-off hopes alive as heat defeat Cavs

Jessica Allison
April 13, 2017

But Johnson scored the last four points, and Miami stayed in the No. 9 spot in the East.

The Heat now lead the season series against the Cavaliers 2-1 and have won a franchise-record 12 straight games against them at home. "Win, and we still might go home".

But Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made it clear earlier this week that getting everybody healthy for the postseason is more crucial than the significance of any single game.

James, who missed the Cavaliers' defeat to Miami on Monday after suffering a calf strain, will sit out Wednesday's clash with the Raptors, general manager David Griffin said.

Miami survived despite two Cleveland four-point plays in overtime, including one by Williams with 34 seconds left that put the Heat down one.

Kevin Love came up with 25 points, while Channing Frye added 21. One problem with the call: Both Millsap and Kent Bazemore were clearly standing out of bounds when they tied Irving up.

In a post-game interview by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, James said he received an explanation from referee Leroy Richardson that he's "never heard in my 14-year career".

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) control the ball against Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena.

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That shooting touch cooled off during the final six minutes of the half as Miami bounced back from trailing 48-36 to tie the game at 54 and then again at 56.

"These are the playoffs that I've looked forward to the most probably since I've been in this league", the former Hawk said, somewhat surprisingly. I think we have a special group. According to a report from Jason Lloyd, James will not play Wednesday when Cleveland hosts the Raptors. The Cavaliers are also missing Tristan Thompson from the starting lineup. G Kay Felder (left lower leg) was injured in the third quarter and did not return. The issue, however, is that it would've been a quadruple-double as he also had 10 turnovers. Dion Waiters is contributing 15.8 points while Tyler Johnson is averaging 13.7 points per game.

Chris "Birdman" Andersen, who played for both Cleveland and Miami, was in a baseline seat opposite the Heat bench.

2,633 - The number of days that have passed since the Cavaliers won a game in Miami.

James played 47 minutes before fouling out in Sunday night's stunning 28-point collapse, the Cavs losing 126-125 in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks.

With such a dramatic collapse, last Wednesday's game was seen as a pivotal test for the Cavaliers.

The final two games come against Charlotte, a team Atlanta has yet to defeat in three opportunities this season, and in, a squad still looking to clinch a playoff berth.

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