CLEVELAND (TICKER) —The Miami Heat hope to end a four-game losing streak and hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a seventh straight defeat when the teams with the two worst records in the Eastern Conference meet on Tuesday at Gund Arena.
The Heat have lost 10 of their last 12 games, while the Cavaliers have dropped 12 of 13.
Miami lost to Utah, 83-73, on Monday. Caron Butler, the Heat’s only double-digit scorer, scored a team-record 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter but was blanked in the fourth after falling on his left elbow early in the period.
Cleveland opened a three-game homestand with a 115-89 setback to Memphis on Saturday.
Ricky Davis scored 18 points for Cleveland, which was playing without rookie guard Dajuan Wagner, who sprained his right knee at New Orleans on Friday. Wagner did not practice on Monday and was examined by a team physician.
The teams are completing their three-game season series. They split their first two meetings, with Cleveland winning here, 74-72, on December 23.
The Cavs have won six of the last 10 matchups between the teams.