Five Takeaways from the Heat’s 122-101 Victory over the Cavs

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4. The Heat Have a Short-Term Memory

Dwyane Wade vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

In a battle for the Southeast Division lead on Thursday night, Miami blew a 15-point first-half lead in a home loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The defeat dropped the Heat from the third seed to the sixth seed in the conference.

Fast forward two nights later and Miami bounces back to defeat a team that is clearly the class of the East.

In doing so, no Cavaliers starter played more than 27 minutes in the game. Cleveland’s starting power forward Kevin Love was limited to 16 minutes because of foul trouble and ineffective play.

In other words, the Heat dominated the third-best team in the NBA just two nights after a heartbreaking defeat. This is the type of the resilience this team needs to have if they want to be taken seriously as contenders entering April.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.