CLEVELAND – Miami star Dwyane Wade went down with a knee injury in the first half, and the Heat’s playoff chances took another major blow with a 114-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Wade sustained a bruised left knee in the first half and Miami didn’t have the firepower to stop the Cavs, who got 23 points apiece from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and won their 17th straight at home. James added eight rebounds and seven assists against his former team.
Tristan Thompson added 15 rebounds for Cleveland, a league-best 30-7 since Jan. 15.
The Heat dropped into a tie for eighth place with idle Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.
The four-time defending conference champions can’t afford to be without Wade, their leading scorer and undisputed leader. Miami is already missing All-Star forward Chris Bosh (blood clots) and the club has been besieged by several other injuries in its first season without James.
Iman Shumpert added 17 points for the Cavs, who played without starting forward Kevin Love. He sat out with a sore back after being elbowed in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia.
Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside scored 17 each for Miami.
Wade got hurt midway through the second quarter, when his right knee buckled while he drove the right side.
The three-time NBA champion crumpled to the floor with
CLEVELAND – LeBron James continues to forge his name in the NBA record books as he passed Patrick Ewing on the all-time scoring list on Thursday.
James moved into the top 20 on the list while battling his former team, the Miami Heat.
Up next for the Akron native will be legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West at No. 19.