Terry Rozier's takeover vs Cavs highlights his importance to the Heat

Terry Rozier has had his moments since being traded to the Heat, but Wednesday night spotlighted his value the most.
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With the offense drying up late in the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat were on the verge of dropping another game and digging themselves deeper into a play-in spot. But a Terry Rozier takeover saved Miami who earned a 107-104 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Terry Rozier has had his moments since being traded to the Heat, but Wednesday night spotlighted his value the most

It's now been over a month since Terry Rozier has been a member of the Heat and, as time has passed, Rozier is beginning to resemble the 20-point scorer Miami traded for. On March 7, Rozier had his best performance in a Heat jersey against the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 27 points with five made threes and 11 assists with zero turnovers.

Although Rozier's outing Wednesday night was not a stat-sheet stuffer, Rozier shined in the clutch -- where he's thrived throughout his career.

Before joining the Heat, Rozier had a 53.8 field goal percentage in clutch time (when a game is within five in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime). Rozier also shot 40.1 percent from three in clutch three-pointers for his career and added two more impressive threes to the clutch time collection.

Trailing 100-96 with a minute-and-a-half to go, Miami needed a basket badly with its offense hitting a wall and running down the shot clock on almost every possession. Rozier got the ball on a hand-off from Jimmy Butler, took two dribbles and hit a contested three over Isaac Okoro. Rozier was fouled and hit the free throw to complete the four-point play.

After the Cavaliers responded to a clutch Butler midrange jumper with a Jarrett Allen dunk, Rozier got the ball and had two screens set for him to get another matchup with Okoro. Rozier got to the right wing, sized up Okoro and hit a side-step triple.

Rozier then went to the line and hit two clutch free throws to make it a three-point game with three seconds left. Daris Garland's heave at the buzzer missed, and the Heat came away with the win.

"My coaches and my teammates, man. They put all the trust in me from the beginning of the game all the way to the end," Rozier said. "(They) just make sure they keep reminding me who I am. Big shots at the end. That's what I love to take."

If Rozier can have more moments like this, adding another high-level closer next to Butler and Adebayo would be huge as the Heat get into their most important stretch of the year.