Miami’s playoff chances gets boost from resting Cavaliers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

 

MIAMI – For the Miami Heat, the season is going down to the final night. They need a win. They need some help. But they still have a chance.

Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game’s final four from the foul line in overtime, as the Heat kept their postseason hopes alive by rallying past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 124-121, on Monday night. The Heat (40-41) remained No. 9 in the Eastern Conference, a game behind No. 7 Indiana (41-40) and a tiebreaker behind No. 8 Chicago (40-41).

”We think it’s meant to be,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”But we have to take care of business.”

That, and get some assistance. For Miami to reach the postseason – a near-impossibility after its 11-30 start – either Indiana or Chicago must lose.

”It’s win or go home,” Heat guard Josh Richardson said. ”Win, and we still might go home.”

Deron Williams had a season-high 35 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-7 this season when LeBron James doesn’t play. The Cavs were also without Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, and fell a game behind Boston for No. 1 in the East.

James sat with a right calf strain. Irving has a sore left knee. (AP)