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Nunn, Adebayo lead Heat past Cavaliers 108-97

CLEVELAND (AP) The Miami Heat didn't let a night of dominant play slip away in the fourth quarter.

Rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points, Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Miami, which led the entire game, held off a late Cleveland run and defeated the Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night.

Miami, which has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 8-3, was up by 27 points in the third quarter before Cleveland cut the lead to 98-88 with seven minutes to play. The Heat regained control and maintained a double-digit lead down the stretch.

''We found a way to win,'' said Heat forward Jimmy Butler, who had a blocked shot, a basket and a steal in the final three minutes. ''It doesn't matter how you do it, win by one, win by 20. It goes in the same column.''

Miami lead 96-74 early in the fourth before Cleveland rallied. Kevin Love hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to spark the Cavaliers' run. Butler's basket in the lane, a 3-pointer by Duncan Robinson and four points by Adebayo kept Miami in control.

''It was turnovers, run-outs and not getting stops,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''Then we gathered ourselves. Usually games do not go all according to plan and they didn't tonight, particularly in the fourth quarter.''

Rookie Tyler Herro, who missed Tuesday's game with an ankle injury, had 16 points, while Butler finished with 14.

Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, while Collin Sexton added 15 points.

Cleveland was coming off a 2-1 road trip and nearly beat Philadelphia on Tuesday before losing 98-97.

Cavaliers coach John Beilein thinks the Heat are a good example for his rebuilding team to follow.

''They're doing everything,'' he said. ''They're playing defense as good as it is the league. Their offense is good. They're a high-functioning team. That's how we want to be day in, day out.''

The Cavaliers' chances of staying with another of the league's top teams were hit with an early run. Miami made consecutive 3-pointers to take a 9-0 lead, forcing Beilein to use a timeout less than two minutes into the game.

The Heat continued to roll and had a 32-15 advantage late in the period. Miami was 15 of 25 from the field and didn't go to the foul line in the quarter.

Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. injured his left hand on a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter. He went to the locker room and didn't return, watching the final minutes from the bench. Nance has played with his left thumb wrapped for several games.

''I'll be all right,'' he said. ''I'm going to get some treatment so we'll know more later. I'm not necessarily certain (what happened). I just felt the pain.''

The Heat shot 43 of 79 from the field and made 12 of 30 from 3-point range.

TIP-INS

Heat: F James Johnson was available after being out Tuesday because of illness, but didn't play. ... Robinson played for Beilein at the University of Michigan. ... Justise Winslow (concussion), Derrick Jones Jr. (hip), KZ Okpala (Achilles) were out for Miami.

Cavaliers: Cleveland was 13 of 15 from the foul line in the first half, and still trailed by 22 points. ... F Tristan Thompson, who had eight doubles-doubles in the first 10 games, was held to two points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

BIG NUMBERS

Miami had 31 assists, after having 34 on Tuesday.

''They should come every single game just because we share the ball so well,'' Butler said. ''We've got guys who can get the ball to the basket so that always helps.''

Beilein, pointing out the Cavaliers are 27th in the league in assists, believes that is another example for his players.

''That tells stories about everything, that the ball's not moving the way it can move,'' he said. ''Most winning teams have high assist numbers. They know that, just making that extra pass is going to be key for them to see that.''

UP NEXT

Heat: Host New Orleans on Saturday. Miami swept the two-game season series over the Pelicans by 11 total points in 2018-19.

Cavaliers: Host Philadelphia on Sunday. The 76ers beat visiting Cleveland 98-97 on a Joel Embiid dunk with 14 seconds left Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Butler
22 SF
K. Love
0 PF
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
18.5 Pts. Per Game 18.5
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
12.9 Reb. Per Game 12.9
46.2 Field Goal % 44.9
43.2 Three Point % 45.3
80.3 Free Throw % 88.4
  Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 0:03
  Kevin Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Porter 0:13
  Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:42
+ 1 Kevin Love made 1st of 2 free throws 0:42
  Shooting foul on Kendrick Nunn 0:42
  Turnover on Goran Dragic 0:51
  Offensive foul on Goran Dragic 0:51
  Bad pass turnover on Matthew Dellavedova, stolen by Jimmy Butler 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Porter 1:04
Team Stats
Points 108 97
Field Goals 43-79 (54.4%) 36-85 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 12-30 (40.0%) 8-32 (25.0%)
Free Throws 10-11 (90.9%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 45 45
Offensive 4 11
Defensive 37 30
Team 4 4
Assists 31 18
Steals 10 14
Blocks 7 2
Turnovers 18 18
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 1 0
K. Nunn SG 25
23 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
1234T
away team logo Heat 8-3 34342614108
home team logo Cavaliers 4-7 2222302397
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 8-3 111.0 PPG 45 RPG 24.9 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 4-7 102.3 PPG 43.7 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
K. Nunn SG 15.3 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.4 APG 44.4 FG%
K. Love PF 15.6 PPG 10.5 RPG 2.6 APG 42.9 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Nunn SG 23 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
K. Love PF 21 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
54.4 FG% 42.4
40.0 3PT FG% 25.0
90.9 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Nunn 23 5 8 10/16 3/6 0/0 4 37 2 0 2 0 5 +21 44
B. Adebayo 16 15 5 7/14 0/1 2/3 2 39 0 1 1 0 15 +25 41
J. Butler 14 2 6 7/11 0/2 0/0 2 38 3 2 4 1 1 +17 29
M. Leonard 12 7 3 5/6 2/2 0/0 0 28 0 1 0 0 7 +20 26
D. Robinson 11 2 1 4/8 3/7 0/0 3 26 1 0 0 0 2 -12 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Nunn 23 5 8 10/16 3/6 0/0 4 37 2 0 2 0 5 +21 44
B. Adebayo 16 15 5 7/14 0/1 2/3 2 39 0 1 1 0 15 +25 41
J. Butler 14 2 6 7/11 0/2 0/0 2 38 3 2 4 1 1 +17 29
M. Leonard 12 7 3 5/6 2/2 0/0 0 28 0 1 0 0 7 +20 26
D. Robinson 11 2 1 4/8 3/7 0/0 3 26 1 0 0 0 2 -12 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Herro 16 1 1 4/7 2/4 6/6 1 22 0 1 4 0 1 +9 16
G. Dragic 9 3 7 3/10 1/5 2/2 3 25 2 0 5 1 2 -1 23
C. Silva 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 8 0 1 2 2 1 -14 6
K. Olynyk 3 3 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 3 13 2 1 0 0 3 -10 9
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Okpala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 41 31 43/79 12/30 10/11 21 236 10 7 18 4 37 +55 210
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Love 21 10 1 6/16 3/8 6/6 0 38 4 1 4 2 8 -5 34
C. Sexton 15 4 3 7/16 0/3 1/1 1 27 1 0 0 0 4 -21 26
C. Osman 12 7 1 5/11 1/4 1/4 4 33 0 0 1 1 6 -9 20
D. Garland 11 1 2 4/10 3/7 0/0 1 24 1 0 2 0 1 -16 15
T. Thompson 2 3 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 1 1 4 2 1 -15 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Love 21 10 1 6/16 3/8 6/6 0 38 4 1 4 2 8 -5 34
C. Sexton 15 4 3 7/16 0/3 1/1 1 27 1 0 0 0 4 -21 26
C. Osman 12 7 1 5/11 1/4 1/4 4 33 0 0 1 1 6 -9 20
D. Garland 11 1 2 4/10 3/7 0/0 1 24 1 0 2 0 1 -16 15
T. Thompson 2 3 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 1 1 4 2 1 -15 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Nance Jr. 14 8 0 6/9 0/2 2/3 1 22 3 0 0 5 3 -5 25
J. Clarkson 10 3 2 3/12 0/4 4/4 1 26 0 0 2 1 2 +2 15
K. Porter 9 3 4 4/7 1/3 0/0 4 23 3 0 3 0 3 +3 20
M. Dellavedova 3 2 4 0/1 0/1 3/3 1 19 1 0 2 0 2 +11 12
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Windler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 41 18 36/85 8/32 17/21 16 234 14 2 18 11 30 -55 172