Miami hosts Cleveland after Garland’s 41-point game

March 10, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Cavaliers (38-27, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (44-23, first in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland plays the Miami Heat after Darius Garland scored 41 points in the Cavaliers’ 127-124 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

The Heat are 28-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami scores 109.4 points while outscoring opponents by 4.7 points per game.

The Cavaliers are 23-16 in Eastern Conference play. Cleveland is the leader in the Eastern Conference allowing just 103.5 points per game while holding opponents to 44.6% shooting.

The two teams match up for the third time this season. The Cavaliers defeated the Heat 105-94 in their last matchup on Dec. 14. Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 23 points, and PJ Tucker led the Heat with 23 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Herro is averaging 20.7 points and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.2 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

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Garland is averaging 21 points and 8.2 assists for the Cavaliers. Jarrett Allen is averaging 15.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 73.8% over the past 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 111.4 points, 42.8 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.8 points per game.

Cavaliers: 4-6, averaging 109.4 points, 41.1 rebounds, 24.2 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.3 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Markieff Morris: out (reconditioning), Jimmy Butler: out (illness), Caleb Martin: day to day (knee).

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen: out (finger), Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Caris LeVert: day to day (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.