MIAMI (AP) — Duncan Robinson scored 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers and the Miami Heat continued their home dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 115-101 victory Saturday night.
Bam Adebayo finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Trevor Ariza scored 15 points and Jimmy Butler added 15 points and 11 assists as the Heat won their 20th straight against the Cavaliers in Miami.
The Heat finished with 35 assists, including 13 in the first quarter. Robinson hit his first four 3-pointers as Miami shot 10 for 21 from long range in the first half and led 67-54 at halftime.
“Everybody has pure intentions about it — just to play off each other, share the game and enjoy each other’s success,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You play to your strengths but you do it with the intention to play together, to try to create something better.”
Collin Sexton scored 26 points and Taurean Prince finished with a season high 19 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their fifth straight and have not win in Miami since Jan. 25, 2010.
After losing six straight, the Heat extended their winning streak to four.
Miami also got double figure scoring from reserves Goran Dragic, who finished with 13 points, and 10 points each from Tyler Herro and Nemanja Bjelica.
“There are a lot of guys who can put the ball in the basket,” Butler said. “It makes my job a lot easier because I can pass it to the open guy.”
Cleveland pulled to 75-70 on Prince’s layup with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter before Miami scored five consecutive points and regained its double-digit advantage.
“I thought it was a battle of two halves,” Cleveland coach J.B Bickerstaff said. “When you’re playing a caliber team like this and the equipment they have, you’ve got to play for 48 (minutes).”