27 for Winslow as Heat burn down Cavaliers 100-94

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Miami Heat looked like a different team in the second half on Friday night.

Trailing at the break, Miami took over in the final two quarters and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-94.

“The starters have taken some heat, no pun intended, and they wanted to come out and show what they can do,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Dwyane Wade scored 13 points in his final game at Quicken Loans Arena, and Derrick Jones Jr added 14 points.

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (R)
drives to the basket against
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alec Burks. – AP

“Everything wasn’t perfect, but we were just playing the game hard,” Wade said. “We did a great job coming out of the break for the second half.”

Cedi Osman scored a career-high 29 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost 18 of 19. The Cavaliers have lost nine straight at home.

Winslow made three three-pointers and scored 13 points in the third. With Cleveland leading 65-62, Miami went on a 28-7 run for a 90-72 lead early in the fourth.

“Justise was obviously great on the stat sheet and you can feel his presence all over the court,” Spoelstra said.

Winslow was 11 of 18 from the field and hit four three-pointers.

The Heat led 96-78 with 4:12 to play before the Cavaliers went on a 13-1 run, sparked by three-pointers from Collin Sexton and Alec Burks.

Ante Zizic made a free throw with 1:09 to play that cut the lead to 97-91, but Bam Adebayo made two foul shots with 20 seconds remaining.

“That is always a step in the right direction when we’re within striking distance,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “We did fight back to get it under 10. I like that in us.”