Love took an elbow to face less than two minutes into the game while trying to take a charge and didn’t return for the second half. He finished with one point and on rebounds in seven minutes. The Cavs, meanwhile, saw their five-game winning streak (and undefeated record under interim coach Larry Drew) snapped.
Cleveland shot season low percentages from the field and on three-pointers in the loss. LeBron James led the Cavs with 18 points. Rodney Hood had 15 points and started in Love’s place in the second half, while both Jose Calderon and Jordan Clarkson added 11 points.
Cleveland has now lost 14 straight games in AmericanAirlines Arena and have not won in Miami since James returned to the Cavs for the 2014-15 season. They also set a new season low for points in the half in the first half with 34 and would have “beaten” that mark in the second half had Hood not made a three-pointer with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Up next: The Cavs face the Hornets Wednesday in Charlotte. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Love’s status for that game is to be determined.