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CLEVELAND-Cavs troubles continues even in their Lake Erie uniforms as the Miami Heat (without Dwyane Wade) defeated the Cavs 117-92. Heat improved to .500 while the Cavs dropped their seventh straight and a league-worst 8-30 record.
The Cavs struggled defensively as they gave up 16 three pointers to Miami. Cavs head coach Larry Drew wants to see this team play tougher mentally and physically especially in the 2nd quarter where the Cavs went from a 30-29 lead to the Heat scoring 21 of the next 25 points.
From an injury standpoint, Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood returned from injuries. Thompson was on a minutes restriction. For the Heat, Dion Waiters returned to game action for the first time in over a year. In a quick six minute span, he scored seven points in his return game.
The Cavs will continue their homestand Friday night as they face Rodney Hood and Alec Burks' former team, the Utah Jazz. The Miami Heat returns home against the Washington Wizards Friday night.