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Miami Heat storm past Cavs 115-101 behind collective offensive performance

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A complete team effort dismantled the visiting Cavs.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-101 on Saturday evening, behind a strong and collective offensive performance.

Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler each notched a double-double on the evening. For Adebayo, it was his 24th of the season. He tied a team-high with 18 points and 11 rebounds, going 9-for-12 from the floor. For Butler, it was his 14th of the season. He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and 11 assists in the winning effort.

The Heat shot 53.7 percent and 39.5 percent from 3-point range. Seven Heat players recorded double figures.

Duncan Robinson continued his hot shooting stretch, tying Adebayo with 18 points on 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, his 12th game of the year with five or more triples and his seventh with six or more. It also marked his fifth consecutive game with 15-plus points and four-plus 3-pointers.

Since the trade deadline passed (six games), Robinson is averaging 17.5 points and is shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range; prior to the deadline, he was posting 12.5 points on 38.2 percent shooting from deep.

Trevor Ariza has continued to look more comfortable as the season’s gone along. He had season highs in points (15) and made 3-pointers (4), where all but one of his made field goals came from. Nemanja Bjelica notched his Heat career-high in scoring, tallying 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

After missing last game due to back spasms, Goran Dragic had 13 points on 5-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Tyler Herro had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting off the bench.

Though he provided above-average, pesky defense (as advertised), in his second game dawning the black and red, Victor Oladipo’s efficiency struggles carried over. He recorded eight points with five assists, shooting just 3-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in 29 minutes. His impact was not lost however, finishing with a plus-10 on the evening.

Collectively, the Heat dished out 35 assists — one shy of tying a season-high — on 44 made baskets.

Cleveland shot 47.3 percent from the floor and 32.3 percent from deep.

Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Taurean Prince recorded a season-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes off the bench. Isaac Okoro had 17 points, netting five of his seven shot attempts.

In his sixth game of the season, Kevin Love recorded his first double-double of the season. He totaled 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting, bringing down a team-high 10 rebounds. Darius Garland added 12 points with a team-high eight assists on 4-of-8 shooting.

Saturday’s victory gives Miami their fourth-straight win, improving to 26-24 on the year and firm control of the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, just a half game behind the Charlotte Hornets for the No. 4 seed. The Cavaliers have now dropped six of their last seven — including five straight — and fall to 17-32 on the year.

The Heat have 20 straight home victories against the Cavaliers.

Miami got on the board after a lob finish from Adebayo, followed by eight consecutive points to take the early 10-5 lead. Robinson’s 3-pointer extended the Heat’s lead to 21-13.

Miami knocked down six of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc — all coming from Robinson and Ariza with three apiece.

The Heat led 36-27 after the first quarter, shooting 70 percent and 63.6 percent from 3-point range. The comradery on the offensive end stood out the most — tallying 13 assists on 14 baskets. Four Heat players — Butler (4), Oladipo (3), Dragic (2) and Bjelica (2) — had multiple assists in that span. The Cavaliers shot 55.6 percent and 50 percent from deep in the first quarter.

Garland’s second-chance layup cut it to 42-39. The Heat proceeded with an 8-0 run — capped-off by Oladipo’s first career triple in a Heat uniform — widening it back to an 11-point advantage.

Oladipo’s euro-step lay-in gave Miami the 67-54 halftime lead — the most points it has scored since Feb. 5 against the Washington Wizards (71 points). The Heat shot 58.1 percent, including 10 3s on 21 attempts (47.6 percent) in the first half. Cleveland shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Ariza’s triple — his fourth — extended it to 70-54. Sexton’s steal followed by Prince’s layup capped-off a 16-5 run, trimming it to 75-70 with 4:05 left in the third quarter.

Adebayo’s dunk made it 93-78 with 7:11 left in the final quarter. Ariza’s layup with under four minutes to go to make it a 16-point lead, putting the game out of reach.

Up next:

The Heat seek a season split against the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Tuesday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Grizzlies beat Miami 89-85 on March 17 in Memphis, Tenn.