CLEVELAND--The Miami Heat came to Cleveland and defeated the Cavaliers, 106-98 in front of a sell out crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss dropped the Cavs to 42-20, while the Heat improved to 30-34. The Heat defeated the Cavs on Saturday night in Miami, as well.
The Cavs dug themselves a deep hole and trailed by as much as 20 points midway through the fourth quarter, but chipped away and cut the deficit to as close as five at 103-98. However, a missed three by LeBron James and a trey by former Cav Dion Waiters closed out the game.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 32 points, while James added 30 points and 17 rebounds. Waiters led the Heat with 29 points.
Tough Break: Andrew Bogut suffered a fractured tibia in the first minute of his debut for the Cavs. No timetable has been given for a possible return.
Bad Start: The Cavs are off to a 1-3 start in the month of March.
Bad Shooting: The Cavs made just 9-of-27 from three-point range for 33 percent. Kyrie Irving made 4-of-9 to lead Cleveland.
The Boards: The Cavs had a good rebounding night with a 62-45 advantage. LeBron James had 17 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson had 13.
Not Good: The Cavs had more turnovers (17) than assists (15).
Dion's Return: Former Cavalier, Dion Waiters returned to the Q and scored 29 points for the Heat.
Next Up: The Cavs will play in Detroit against the Pistons on Thursday at 7:30 pm.