The year 2010 to the year 2014 was probably one of the best eras in Miami Heat franchise history as LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to deliver two straight championships to Miami. Fast-forward three years later, Dwyane Wade would now team up with LeBron James in Cleveland in hopes that they can receive their fourth championship each.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the first time that James and Wade would battle Miami together on another team. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have met up a total of 105 times as the Heat won 62 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 43 of them. After this game, the Heat and the Cavaliers will meet up two more times this season.
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Derrick Rose (personal; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League)
The Cleveland Cavaliers would have full control right after tip-off as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Miami Heat to forty-one percent. Kevin Love played very impressively in the first two quarters as he chalked up 32 points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field. He also collected eight rebounds while LeBron James scored 16 points against his former team. James also had ten rebounds, six assists, and four steals to add along with it. Dwyane Wade would post up nine points with a three-pointer early in the second quarter. Kyle Korver played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points with two three-pointers in the second period.
Dion Waiters would chalk up 17 pointers with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five rebounds to put with his five points while Bam Adebayo had four rebounds. James Johnson played 20 minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 12 points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a large 75-49 advantage.
The Miami team would respond as they go on a 48-33 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent while keeping the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent. Josh Richardson ended up with ten points while knocking down two three-pointers. Adebayo also contributed as he chalked up ten points, as well. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.
Wade scored eight points in the last half while collecting four defensive rebounds. LeBron James had five points but ended up getting tossed out of the game for the first time in his 15-year career. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench only to be kept to four points as the Cleveland team still pulled away with a 108-97 win. Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 38 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Dion Waiters would finish with 21 points, one rebound, and 7 assists.
The Miami Heat will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the New York Knicks (10-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. These teams have met up a total of 144 times with the Heat winning 68 games as the Knicks won 76 games. This game would mark the first of four times that these clubs would compete this season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will head down south to take on Dennis Schroder (19.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 233 times as the Cavaliers pulled 112 wins while the Hawks ended up with 121 wins. This game would mark the second of four matchups between these two clubs this season. The Cavaliers fell to the Hawks in the first game, 117-115, which was on November 5. In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists. LeBron James recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.