CLEVELAND: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue embarked on the next episode of what he dubbed “As The Land Turns” Wednesday night against the Miami Heat.

The Cavs played their first game without All-Star Kevin Love, who fractured the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in Tuesday’s loss at Detroit, once again scrambling the rotations that have seemingly been in flux all year.

The entire game was a struggle and the Cavs were booed twice in the fourth quarter. But the contest was played in the half court, which prevented the Heat from dominating the Cavs on the fast break as the Pistons did 24 hours earlier.

The Cavs saw their streak of scoring at least 100 points in 20 consecutive home games snapped, but managed to escape with a 91-89 victory over the Heat at Quicken Loans Arena.

Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer from the wing off a LeBron James assist with 1:21 remaining to give the Cavs a three-point lead, but Josh Richardson countered with a floater for the Heat at the one-minute mark.

Isaiah Thomas hit two free throws to boost the margin to 90-87 with 18.8 seconds left, but Kelly Olynyk converted a layup to cut the gap to one with 12.1 seconds to go.

Kyle Korver made the first of two free throws with seven seconds remaining and the Heat’s James Johnson, guarded by James, failed to get off the potential game-tying jumper before the buzzer sounded.

James scored 24 points with 11 rebounds and five assists, but totaled seven of the Cavs’ 16 turnovers. Channing Frye, coming off a season-high 20 points on Tuesday, contributed 16 points and four rebounds, Thomas added 13 points, five rebounds and six assists and Crowder pitched in 11 points with seven rebounds. Crowder started in place of Love.

It marked the first time the Cavs had held an opponent under 90 points since Nov. 20. They have lost 11 of their last 17 games and finished 6-8 in January.

The Heat, who have won 11 of their last 16 games, shot just 3-of-28 from long range and lost 20 turnovers.

Dwyane Wade and James combined for some of their old magic down the stretch, Wade throwing a touchdown pass to James for a lay­up, although James missed the and-one. Then Wade came up with a block and a steal and James scored on a driving lay­up off a J.R. Smith screen to give the Cavs an 85-83 lead. Olynyk tied it with a lay­up.

The Cavs continued their trend of poor third quarters, making three of their first 10 shots in falling behind 59-56. Thomas went 1-for-6 from the field in that span. The Cavs shot just 36 percent in the quarter and the score was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes.

The Heat took their first lead against the Cavs this season in the 71st minute of competition on two free throws by Hassan Whiteside with 56 seconds left before halftime. The Cavs beat the Heat 108-97 at home Nov. 28, leading by as many as 34 in a wire-to-wire victory. In that one, the Cavs scored a season-high 75 points in the first half.

James lost six of the Cavs’ 10 turnovers in the first half, most on careless passes. He came in averaging 4.5 turnovers per game in January.

James also went without an assist in the first half. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it marked his most turnovers without an assist in any half in his 15-year career. James set his career high with 11 turnovers in a victory at home Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

The first assist for James came with 11:16 left in the third quarter on a pull-up jumper by Thomas.

Turnovers continued to plague the Cavs. In Tuesday’s loss at Detroit, Thomas lost four in the first five minutes and totaled six. Thomas added to the inexplicable miscues against the Heat, stepping out of bounds late in the second quarter.

The Cavs did have more help than Lue may have expected earlier in the week.

Thomas was cleared to play in his first back-to-back since he returned from a torn labrum in his right hip on Jan. 2. While struggling on defense, Thomas has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games, despite shooting 2-for-15 Wednesday.

Wade, 36, sometimes rested on the second night of back-to-backs, played 26 minutes and contributed nine points and five rebounds. Wade will leave the team this weekend to attend the funeral of his agent Henry Thomas in Chicago after missing home games against Indiana and Detroit because of Thomas’ passing.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.