The best Kevin Love had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to end a 20-game losing streak in the Miami Heat. Those from Ohio prevailed by a comfortable 111-85 taking advantage of the important absences of Jimmy Butler and a Bam Adebayo who will be out of the pitch between 4 and 6 weeks.
The veteran power forward hit a 6 of 9 shooting from the field; a 6 of 8 in triples and a perfect 4 of 4 in free throws in just over 20 minutes on the floor.
Along with him, up to five teammates reaped double-digit scorers: Jarrett Allen (19 points and 11 rebounds); Evan Mobley (17 points); Darius Garland (16 points and 7 assists); Isaac Okoro (10) and Lamar Stevens (12).
«Tonight we wanted to set the tone,» admitted Jarrett Allen. “We all knew he was missing a couple of star players, but that’s no excuse to go out and be casual. We were launched from the first moment and we took the game, «he said.
The team led by JB Bickerstaff closed the game at halftime with a 61-43 lead, which it extended thanks to a favorable 18-4 run to reach the fourth quarter. In addition, they connected an outstanding 16 of 31 in triples (51.6%).
The Cavs’ feat is so important that the last time they won at the FTX Arena (formerly American Airlines Arena) the rookie Evan Mobley was just 9 years old. The number 3 of the last Draft 2021 is averaging 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists since his return to the courts with 47% in field goals.
And last night against the Heat he uncovered with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks with 5 of 10 in field goals and 2 of 3 in triples.
In the premises, the maximum exponent was a Tyler Herro who started as a starter almost by obligation. The point guard / guard had 21 points and 6 assists, although with a 9 of 23 in the launch.
The boys would have to step forward. And not only the interiors, the exteriors should help much more in the bounce. The starters really have to impact the game, defensive and rebounding tasks, «admitted Herro.
The Heat recently lost Bam Adebayo to injury after undergoing surgery, and teammate Butler was also unable to dress short with tailbone problems. In his place, the aforementioned Herro and veteran Dewayne Dedmon started with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists.
«When you lose an All-Star player, it’s never easy,» noted Erik Spoelstra. «But that’s the way the league is, and when I look around me, I see a lot of teams dealing with injuries, with guys out and others coming back,» he added.
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