The depleted Cavaliers played a fantastic game and lost 98–95. The game came down to the final seconds and had everything that fans could want.
First of all, the Cavaliers played an outstanding first half. They were up 32 to 24 after the first quarter and 55 to 34 at halftime. The great play had the crowd inside the Q roaring, and the Cavaliers looked spectacular at times. C.J. Miles in particular hit a bunch of big outside shots.
The Heat made a big run in the second half, as everyone knew they would, and took the lead in the fourth quarter. James and the rest of the Heat couldn’t miss for a while, and it looked like the Heat might end up winning by 20. The Cavaliers made a big push at the end to keep the game close, though, and even had a chance to win in the final seconds.
Both teams were into the game and the fans were into the game, too. One fan, by the way, was a little too into the action and probably a little too into his beer as well, as he stopped play by walking onto the court before being quickly removed from the floor.
If Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters were not both hurt and out of the lineup, the Cavaliers would have won this game. Irving is great at making big plays in the fourth quarter, and you know he would have hit some huge shots to get the Cavaliers the win.
Without those two, guards Wayne Ellington and Shaun Livingston were superb, and everyone contributed. Alonzo Gee, for example, made plenty of big plays and had two huge dunks. One of the dunks was very late in the game, too.
Big men Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson had big games as well, and they showed a lot of hustle and heart. Even Omri Casspi got into the game and played alright!
Anyone who says that there are no good losses is just wrong. This was a good loss for the Cavaliers.
The Heat came into the game riding a historic winning streak, and they were motivated to keep winning. They may have taken the Cavaliers lightly and knew they could turn up their game in the second half and get a win, but they still played hard and the Cavaliers were able to hang with them.
The Heat made a ton of big shots and got most of the key rebounds in the second half, but the Cavaliers still had a chance at winning. It was a great effort by the Wine and Gold against a very talented Heat team.
The players and fans should be proud that the team was that close to getting the victory and be excited that the Cavaliers are improving by so much.