The Cleveland Cavaliers were no match for the Miami Heat, who was on fire from beyond the three-point arc. The Heat dominated the Cavaliers 124-100 at the American Airlines Arena. The victory moves the Heat season record to 10-3.
This week, the Miami Heat has been building up big leads. And they also have given them up as well. Playing from ahead has been an ongoing lesson for the team, which was the case against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. After trailing by as many as 27 in the second half, the Cavaliers crept back into the game and cut the Heat’s lead to 10 midway into the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Heat left Cleveland with a 108-97 victory to improve their record to 8-3 for the season.
Despite missing key players, the Jimmy Butler-less Miami Heat rallied back from a huge 21-point deficit and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami trailed 74-53 with less than 11 minutes left in the third period. However, the Heat ended up winning the second half and overtime 78-56 to complete the comeback win.
Here are my four takeaways from Saturday night’s victory over the Bucks.
In a couple of months from now, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside could become a free agent if he opts out of the final year of the four-year contract he signed back in 2016. However, he’s unlikely to earn as much as his $27 million option for next season. While he hasn’t guaranteed he will opt out, Whiteside still plans on giving the decision some thought in the coming weeks.