For the 2nd time this season, The Miami Heat spoiled LeBron James’ return to South Beach as the Heat will walk away with a 109-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade followed up his 31-point versus Cleveland on Christmas with 32 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals as he is 2-0 versus the Cavaliers this season (Heat are 2-1 overall versus Cleveland Wade did not play (Hamstring).
Dwyane Wade wasn’t the only player that played well for the Heat tonight, as Hassan Whiteside recorded his 16th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Whiteside also had 3 blocks, with his most notable one coming on Kyrie Irving. Speaking of double-doubles, Goran Dragic nearly had one as he had 20 points with 9 assists. Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng also provided scoring in double figures for the Heat, as Deng had 11 with 7 rebounds and Chalmers had 16 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
LeBron James dropped 28 points with 4 assists on 9-18 shooting in the game. LeBron didn’t record a single rebound in the game until late in the 4th quarter. It would’ve been LeBron’s first game without a rebound since 2010. Kyrie Irving had 21 points on 6 assists on 5-15 shooting, and besides those two 20 plus point games from Kyrie and LeBron, the rest of the game was a huge drag for Cleveland, as they found themselves fighting back from down 10 in the early stages of the 1st quarter.
The Heat, (30-36), will stay in Miami as the will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Cavaliers, (43-26), will return to Cleveland on Wednesday to take on the Brooklyn Nets, as the Nets continue their chase for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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