Heat Pull Past Shorthanded Cavs in Overtime

Derron Williams' 35 Points Not Enough as Cleveland Drops Third Straight
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Wrap-Up -- At one point this season, it seemed like the Cavaliers would cruise to the Conference’s top spot – using the final week of the season to rest and re-calibrate for the Playoffs.

Instead, it’s been a drama-filled final few games, with a big blowout win in Boston followed by a clunker at The Q and, in their final two road contests of the season, a pair of overtime losses – capped by Monday night’s 124-121 heartbreaker on South Beach.

With two-thirds of their Big Three– LeBron James and Kyrie Irving – on the shelf, plus Tristan Thompson missing his fourth straight game, the shorthanded Cavaliers, led by Deron Williams, turned in a valiant effort and were sharp for three quarters.

But once again they surrendered a double-digit fourth quarter lead and dropped their 13th straight game in Miami – a streak that dates back to late January 2010.

Despite giving James and Irving the night off to nurse some nagging injuries, the Wine and Gold got off to a solid start – leading by 13 points after one quarter and building it back up to 11 after three.

But the Heat – led by James Johnson and former Cavalier Wayne Ellington – chipped away in the fourth quarter, with Goran Dragic knotting the game at 108-apiece with just under a minute to play in regulation.

In the extra-session, the Cavaliers squandered a pair of four-point plays and Tyler Johnson scored eight of his team-high 24 points, including the final four points of the game from the stripe in the final 30 seconds of play.

Deron Williams had both his best game as a Cavalier and best individual performance in almost four years – leading both squads with 35 points on 14-for-25 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

With Kyrie out for the night and Kay Felder suffering a fourth quarter leg injury, Williams logged 46 minutes in Monday’s loss, adding a team-best nine assists, seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot. The heavy work load also likely added to Williams committing 10 of Cleveland’s 21 miscues on the night.

Kevin Love, listed as questionable earlier in the day, suited up and tallied his seventh straight double-double – finishing with 25 points and a team-high 10 boards, going 8-for-18 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the stripe before fouling out in overtime.

Channing Frye

Kevin Love records his 7th straight double-double and DWill goes off for a season-high 35 points.

Name Points Rebounds Assists
Deron Williams 35 7 9
Kevin Love 25 10 0
Channing Frye 21 7 0

Channing Frye was once again impressive subbing for Tristan Thompson in the middle – tallying 21 points, seven boards and a block, going 6-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from long-range.

Kyle Korver also continued finding his rhythm heading into the postseason – coming off the bench to net 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep to go with eight boards and a steal.

Hassan Whiteside, the league’s leading rebounder, doubled-up for Miami – which kept its Playoff hopes alive with the win – finishing with 23 points and a game-high 18 boards.

Even with Whiteside’s big effort on the glass, the Cavaliers managed to outrebound the Heat by one, 47-46. Cleveland canned 14 triples and was 19-of-22 from the stripe. But their 21 turnovers that led to 23 Miami points contributed to the Cavs’ straight loss.

Turning Point -- Monday’s game had some wild twists and turns at the end of regulation and into the overtime period. But, not unlike Sunday’s defeat in Atlanta, it was the start of the fourth quarter that precipitated Cleveland’s unraveling.

the Cavaliers came into the fourth quarter leading by 11 points – having built a big early lead and warding off the Heat through three periods. But Miami scored the first nine points of the period, cutting Cleveland’s lead to two and giving the docile American Airlines Arena crowd new life.

By the 8:46 mark, the game was tied – and the night’s event sorted themselves out from there.

By the Numbers18.9, 12.7 … Kevin Love’s scoring and rebounding averages over his last seven games – notching his 41st double-double of the season on Monday night and grabbing at least 15 boards in three of his last four outings.

QuotableDeron Williams, on shouldering the load on Monday night …

”It was tough. I haven’t played that many minutes in a while. When (Kay Felder) went out and I had to play pretty much the whole second half and overtime; it was definitely tough on me. It’s just part of the game. LeBron had to play 50-something (minutes) the other night, so I can’t feel too bad for myself.”

Up Next -- With Monday night’s defeat, the Wine and Gold close out the 2016-17 regular season with a road record of 20-21. They’ll try to make it 32-9 at home when they welcome the Raptors to town on Wednesday for Fan Appreciation Night. Regardless of what happens in either Cleveland or Boston on Wednesday night, the Wine and Gold will begin their title defense this weekend when they host Game 1 of the First Round at The Q.

Calls of the Game

#CavsHeat Postgame: Channing Frye - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat - April 10, 2017

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#CavsHeat Postgame: Channing Frye - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Apr 11, 2017  |  03:14

#CavsHeat Postgame: Deron Williams - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers guard Deron Williams spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Apr 11, 2017  |  03:55

#CavsHeat Postgame: Kevin Love - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Apr 11, 2017  |  02:43

#CavsHeat Postgame: Kyle Korver - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Apr 11, 2017  |  03:19

#CavsHeat Postgame: Coach Lue - April 10, 2017

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Apr 11, 2017  |  02:59

DWill Knocks Down Another 4-Pt Play

Deron Williams cans the rainbow triple, plus the foul to give the Cavs the lead late in overtime.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:12

KLove Hits the 4-Pt Play

Kevin Love cans the clutch four-point play in overtime.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:09

Deron Williams with the Hoop and the Harm - April 10, 2017

Deron Williams hops in the lane and gets the hoop to fall, plus the foul.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:08

Frye with the Flush - April 10, 2017

Iman Shumpert drops the dime off to Channing Frye who throws the hammer down.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:10

Featured Highlight: KLove with the And-One

Kay Felder throws the nice bounce pass to a cutting Kevin Love who finishes the tough layup, plus the foul.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:14

Highlights: Kevin Love

Kevin Love scores 25 points with 10 boards in Cleveland's loss in the Heat.
Apr 10, 2017  |  01:29

Larry Sanders Hustles for the Tip-In - April 10, 2017

Larry Sanders hustles down the floor and gets the offense rebound tip for two.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:10

Korver Rejects Whiteside - April 10, 2017

The Wine and Gold get defensive as Kyle Korver provides great help defense and comes up with the block on Hassan Whiteside.
Apr 10, 2017  |  00:08

Highlights: Deron Williams

Deron Williams scores 35 points on 14-25 shooting with nine assists in Cleveland's OT loss to Miami.
Apr 10, 2017  |  01:51

GAME RECAP: Heat 124, Cavaliers 121

Tyler Johnson sinks the last four free throws in OT to give the Heat the win over Cleveland.
Apr 10, 2017  |  02:53