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Cavs Crush Heat, Snap Skid on South Beach

WRAP-UP

The last time Cleveland won a game in Miami, the Cavs top two big men were Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and the Cavs top two big men from Wednesday night’s contest, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, were nine and 12 years old, respectively.

The Wine & Gold squeaked by in that road win – back on January 25, 2010 – by a single point. But they left no doubt in snapping their 20-game skid on Wednesday night – blowing out the shorthanded Heat, 111-85, in a one-sided win that was never in doubt.

Miami was without its leading scorer, Jimmy Butler, as well as Bam Adebayo – and the Cavaliers jumped all over them, holding the Heat to 16 points in the first quarter, taking an 18-point edge into halftime and extending their advantage to 31 in the second half.

Against both Dallas and Miami – Playoff teams from a season ago and Division leaders when they hosted Cleveland this year – the Wine & Gold have led by as many as 31. Over their current three-game win streak, they’re beating opponents by 19.0 points per.

Wednesday night’s win was another example of the Cavaliers dominant young front line – with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley each doubling-up in the win – and excellent veteran production off the bench.

Allen notched his fifth straight double-double, following up a career-high scoring night with a 19-point, 11-rebound performance on Wednesday, going 7-for-8 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line, adding a game-high five blocks in the win.

Mobley swatted four shots of his own – all in the first half – and grabbed 11 boards to go with 17 points. The rookie from USC went 5-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from deep, netting 15 of his 17 points in the third quarter while adding four assists and a steal.

The Cavaliers blocked a season-high 14 shots on Wednesday night, two games after setting the previous mark of nine on Saturday against Orlando.

Kevin Love led all scorers in the lopsided victory – notching 22 points in just 21 minutes of work off the bench, going 6-of-8 from long-range to go with six boards, three assists, two steals and blocked shot.

Lamar Stevens had his best outing of the season, finishing with 12 points off the bench – going 5-for-9 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from deep, to go with two boards and a pair of blocks.

Ricky Rubio finished with six points, six assists, five boards and two steals – but managed to post a +38 in his 26 minutes of action.

Darius Garland led both teams with seven assists to go with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from long-range, 6-of-13 overall. Isaac Okoro rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 10 points on an efficient 4-of-5 shooting.

Tyler Herro led Miami with 21 points, but was just 9-of-23 from the floor. Cleveland held its 12th straight opponent to below 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc, with the Heat going just 12-of-37 from deep and Duncan Robinson taking the collar on six long-range attempts.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Running the break after a steal, Lamar Stevens lobs a pass upstairs to Jarrett Allen, who makes a one handed catch in the air and throws down a jam over a Heat defender while getting fouled.

TURNING POINT

This is one of those games that was over early, with Cleveland taking a double-digit lead, 21-10, and barely giving it back up. Miami got within seven twice in the second quarter, but trailed 61-43 at intermission.

The Cavaliers led by 24 to start the fourth quarter before the Heat went on a mini-run to get to within 15 – 90-75 – with just under seven minutes to play in the game. But Cleveland countered with a 13-1 run to put the contest on ice.

BY THE NUMBERS

By the Numbers - 34, 37 … shots that Evan Mobley has blocked this year vs. personal fouls that he’s committed on the season. Mobley has blocked four shots in a single game five times already in his rookie campaign – including twice in the last three games – and has had just a single game with four fouls.

His 1.88bpg average places him sixth in the NBA; his 34 swats overall rank him 7th.

QUOTABLE

Jarrett Allen, on the Cavaliers road success this year, and especially on this trip …

"It’s just buying in. I talk to Ed Davis a lot on this team, and he always comments that this team is different. This team is different in how we connect on and off the court. It’s different how we buy in to the system. It’s different in how we go about our business. And I think that’s one of the main reasons why we’re coming on the road and dominating like we are."

CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and Rafa Hernandez-Brito from Power 89.1.

UP NEXT

The Cavaliers look to sweep the road trip on Friday night when they travel to the nation’s capital for a Friday night showdown with the Wizards.

The Wine & Gold come home for a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Jazz at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before getting right back on the road – traveling for the second-half of the back-to-back on Monday night for a date with the World Champs in Milwaukee.