The Cavs did rest key starters in Kyrie Irving and LeBron James and the Heat took exception as they shot 52 percent from the field and 18 of 34 from the three-point line in what was one of their best offensive performances of the season. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
"As soon as the collision happened I heard it break", James said.
Before the game, Bogut was in a playful mood as he discussed his choice to join the Cavs.
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Bogut broke his left leg less than one minute into his debut and the Cavaliers never recovered while being outgunned 106-98 by the surging and not-to-be-overlooked Miami Heat, who beat the National Basketball Association champions twice in three nights. "I heard it crack".
After winning the NBA Finals in 2015, Bogut helped the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games in 2015-16. "We will hope for the best, it's a tough one especially for him, first of all, and for the whole club".
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Bogut's injury sent a chill through the Cleveland crowd and seemed to affect the Cavs, who were without an ill coach Tyronn Lue and were out of rhythm even before the big man dropped to the floor clutching his leg in obvious pain.
'But at the end of the day, I thought Cleveland was the best chance'.
Perhaps still riled up over his exchange with Smith, Waiters seemed motivated to punish his former team and scored 24 in the first half. "But the point is to get a win". You always want to test yourself to see where you're at.
As has been the case for much of the season, Tyler Johnson was key off Miami's bench with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
The bulk of Cleveland's points came through James and Kyrie Irving.