Cleveland was coming off of two losses on Tuesday night in advance of their game against Miami on Wednesday. The Cavaliers lost against the Pistons, but more importantly will not have Kevin Love till the last few weeks of the regular season.
The Heat were rolling into this ball game with the second-best record in Jan. at 10-4, threatening the Cavaliers for the No. 3 seed in the East.
The Cavaliers played one of the ugliest games this season, missing 52 field goals, shooting 23 percent from three-point distance and committing 16 turnovers, but they somehow managed to come away with a victory.
LeBron James was in January coast mode for a majority of this game, finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and, more importantly, seven turnovers. His lack of a consistent jump shot and ball security issues has been a key factor in the Cavaliers’ slide as of late.
Channing Frye continues to be pivotal off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, with each bucket necessary for Cleveland. Amidst trade rumors, Frye proves to be a professional and on the the Cavs’ glue players. Isaiah Thomas continues to struggle in his role, shooting 2-of-15 on Wednesday for 13 points.
On the flip side, the Heat got solid contributions from Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson, who combined for 33 points, but their lack of three-point shooting as a team — 3-of-28 — really made it tough to pull out a road win in Cleveland.
A looooong and ugly January is finally over for the Cavaliers, as they turn the page to a Kevin Love-less February. But things don’t get easier for Cleveland, as they will host Houston in their next game on Saturday. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.