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The Miami Heat keeps their playoff hopes alive with an overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers
Dec 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh did not play in a game against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat keeps their playoff hopes alive with an overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers

UPDATE: Cleveland will indeed sit out LeBron James and Kyrie Irving tonight. Tristan Thompson will not play as well with a sprained right thumb. Kevin Love is questionable with illness.

 

With such a huge climb back to the brink of the playoffs after their 11-30 first half of the season, the Miami Heat (39-41) are one spot away from the #8 seed after an inspiring win over the Washington Wizards but need the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls to lose to help them. Oh, and they’ll also need to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and the Wizards again at home to close out the regular season.

Miami kept its playoff hopes alive with a dramatic 124-121 overtime victory over Cleveland at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat (40-41) could not clinch a playoff berth Monday, but they could have moved into a playoff spot with either a Pacers or Bulls loss in addition to their win over the Cavaliers.

The Heat never folded after being behind for much of the game. They began the fourth quarter down 11, then went on a 28-6 run to take they lead. The Cavaliers then went on a run of their own and led late in the game but the Heat prevailed, forcing overtime.

Regardless of a few wild plays, including the Heat fouling Deron Williams late in overtime for a four-point play, the Heat hung on for the win. Miami got 23 points and 18 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside and 24 points from Tyler Johnson off the bench.

The Pacers, Bulls, and Heat will all play for their playoff destiny on Wednesday. For the Heat to make it, they’ll need a loss from the Pacers or Bulls and a win against the Wizards. It’s not totally in their control but they have a chance to fight.

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