By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night. The Cavaliers lost 126-110 to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
The Heat improved to 31-34 on the season. Miami has won four straight games.
The Cavaliers fell to 16-50 this season, including losing two straight games. It is the first-time since the 2013-14 season that the franchise did not make the playoffs.
The streak continues that they failed to make the playoffs in every season that LeBron James did not play for the team. In 2013-14, the team went 33-49.
Josh Richardson led the Heat with 20 points. He also had two rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
This was Richardson’s first 20-point performance in the last six games when he had 21 points on Feb. 27 against the Golden State Warriors in a 126-125 win. His season-best came in a 37-point performance against the Warriors in a 120-118 loss on Feb. 10.
Richardson was one of eight players, who scored in double-figures. Bam Adebayo had 17, while Justus Wilson had 16 and Kelly Olynyk had 15.
Rodney McGruder had 13, while Dwyane Wade had 12. Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic had 11 points each.
The Heat had 55 bench points. McGruder led the bench with 13 points. He also had five rebounds and two assists.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 27 points. He also had six assists.
This is Sexton’s second-best performance of the season. He has scored 27 points three times.
He scored a season-high 29 points against the Washington Wizards in a 116-101 win on Dec. 8. He also had 29 points against the Houston Rockets in a 117-108 win on Nov. 24.
Sexton was one of four Cleveland players, who scored in double-digits. Jordan Clarkson had 21, while Kevin Love scored 19, and Brandon Knight scored 15.
The Cavaliers had 44 bench points. Clarkson led the bench with his 21 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist.