Sports.ws Game Report
[MIAMI] — The Miami Heat played host to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 124 to 121 Heat victory. The win bumps Miami's record up to 40-41 on the season, while the loss drags Cleveland's down to 51-30. More than just a victory, the performance could serve as a boost for the Heat. Having scored early and often against their opponents this time out, the club will look to capitalize on their momentum heading into their next contest.
On this night it was Hassan Whiteside leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 23 points, 18 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steals in 36 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Ask anybody, however - Whiteside included - and the most important part is that the Heat walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.
Though not quite able to steal the show, Deron Williams did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Cavaliers. Williams's 35 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.
Perhaps just as significant if not more so than any individual performance, was Miami's ability to take the Cavs out of their game. A stellar defensive performance by the Heat helped insure the victory from the moment the two teams set foot on the court. Should the club continue to excel on both sides of the ball, the rest of the league better start planning accordingly.
Up next for the reeling Heat will be a date with the while the visiting Cavaliers will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
Whiteside 56.0 FP
Williams 52.5 FP
Richardson 49.0 FP
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