Sunday, July 18, 2010

VSL: Heat 73-69

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The Miami Heat held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 73-69 (boxscore) in their final game of the 2010 NBA Summer League on Saturday at COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. The game consisted of 10 lead changes and 11 ties. The Heat led by as many as seven in the first half and the Cavs never led by more than three.
Antywane Robinson and Weyinmi Efejuku led the Heat's offense with 15 points and 13 points respectively. The Cavs who suffered their first loss of the tournament were led by Danny Green with 17 points. Both teams struggled offensively, the Cavs hitting just 38.2 percent from the field (26-68) while the Heat connected on 23-56 for 41.1 percent.

The opening half of play featured four different runs, the Heat jumping out to an 8-2 run to open the game with the Cavs quickly answering back with a 7-0 run to take a one point lead. The second quarter opening much the same way with the Heat opening on a 7-0 run and the Cavs answering with a 6-0 run of their own. The Heat held a one-point lead at the half, 36-35 behind Shavilik Randolph's eight points.
The hotly contested third quarter featured two lead changes and five ties. The Heat maintained their lead outscoring the Cavs by one leading 51-49 at the end of three. The Heat were led by Antywane Robinson with five points while the Cavs were led by Tasmin Mitchell with six third quarter points.
The Heat, who finished will return home to Miami tonight while the Cavaliers will play their final game of the 2010 NBA Summer League on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against the Milwaukee Bucks.