The Cleveland Cavaliers knocked off the Miami Heat 102-92 in home opener for the Cavs. Cavs go to 2-1 and Heat fall to 1-1 on the season. LeBron James playing against his former team in the Miami Heat led the way with a game high 29 points on 13 of 19 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out four assists in 34 minutes. LeBron was really feeling it this game. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 24 points on 6 of 14 from the field, snagged 14 rebounds, handed out five assists, and drained three from deep.
Love shot a percent 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. Love is off to a great start to the season, and has played very active so far. LeBron does think Love will have a hell of a season. Tristan Thompson added 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field and picked up nine rebounds off the bench. Thompson had an awesome block when Chris Bosh tried to dunk over Thompson. Timofey Mozgov put in nine points on 4 of 6 from the field, and gathered five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 5 points on just 1 of 5 from the field, but he gave out 10 assists and plucked five rebounds off the bench. Dellavedova had a couple nice alley hoop passes to Tristan Thompson. Anderson Varejao racked up two points and snatched eight rebounds in 16 minutes off the pine. J.R. Smith concluded with two points on merely 1 of 8 from the field. J.R. has struggled shooting so far this season.
Cavaliers scored 102 points and they shot a respectable 45.3 percent from the field, and they shot a solid 85.7 percent on 18 of 21 from the foul line. Cavs only shot 25 percent on 6 of 25 from three-point range. You can tell that the Cavs have built team chemistry since last season. Cavs also only held the Heat to 92 points. Cavaliers really stepped up in the second half and were winning by as many as 20 points. Cavaliers have played pretty well for the first three games of the season despite Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert both being out. Other Cavs players are stepping up as of Love and Dellavedova. Cavaliers will play on the road in their next game on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
LeBron James talked about playing against his former Miami Heat teammates
“It’s always special to go against your old teammates,” James said. “It’s always special seeing the guys I played with and the guys I made a championship run with, so that’s a special moment, but as far as the game itself, it’s two totally different teams that we both play on.”
For the Heat, Dwyane Wade led the way with 25 points on 8 of 15 from the field including four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Wade did have seven turnovers. Chris Bosh put up 16 points on 7 of 15 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists. Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points, nabbed nine rebounds, and blocked six shots. Goran Dragic pitched in 11 points on just 3 of 9 from the field to go along with six assists.
All five of Heats starters scored in double figures, but was not enough for them to win the game. Gerald Green had an off night as he shot 1 of 9 from the field with five points off the bench. Mario Chalmers added eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the pine. The Heats starters have just not had much team chemistry yet. Heat scored 92 points on 43 percent from the field, and shot a horrible 28.6 percent on 6 of 21 from three-point distance.
Heat did shoot 90.9 percent on 20 of 22 from the free-throw line. When the heat build more team chemistry, and if they are healthy, they can be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Heat will head back home for next game on Sunday against the Houston Rockets.
Dwyane Wade said “This was a great environment. I’m glad our team got the chance to play in an environment like this early in the season. Give them credit.”