Miami looks to extend it's season opening win streak to three against the undefeated Charlotte Bobcats.
Miami Heat will be visiting the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte at the Time Warner Arena tonight. It's the first of three meetings this season between the Southeastern Division rivals, and the only game they will play in North Carolina. For the Bobcats, this is the second of a three game season opening homestand. They beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-95 on Monday night, and go on to face the Orlando Magic on Friday. For the Heat, this is the first of a two game road trip, finishing up in Minnesota on Friday night with the Timberwolves.
The last time the two teams met, was April 8.
each had 27 and
added 23 with 9 assists for Miami. Kwame Brown led the Bobcats with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Heat won, 112-103. Miami was 55-24 and fighting for home court advantage, as Charlotte was 32-47 and still trying to squeak into the playoffs as the eighth seed.
Miami is coming off their home opener against the
. Miami took the game, 115-107. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and
each broke 20 and Chris Bosh added a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace Miami. Ray Allen led all scorers with 28 in Boston's loss.
NBA Boston Celtics Vs
Miami Heat Game Recap 12/27/2011 (via NBAHiighlights)
narrowly missed a triple double, collecting nine points, nine assists and 11 points in Charlotte's 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Milwaukee vs Charlotte NBA Highlights 12/26/2011 (via
All-Time Series: 18-10
Game Time: 7:00 EST
Season Series: 0-0
Miami Heat: 2-0, tied for first in the Southeast Division, the Eastern Conference and in the NBA.
Charlotte Bobcats: 1-0, tied for second in the Southeast Division, and in the Eastern Conference, tied for fourth in the NBA.
SF - LeBron James
SF - Corey Magette
PF - D.J. White
C - Boris Diaw
Juwan Howard played in 39 games for the Bobcats in 2008-09, averaging four points and two rebounds in 12 minutes per game.
Two more free throws from
will move him into seventh past Tim Hardaway, with 1,026. Eight more field goals for will move him into sixth place all-time past
Eight more free throws will move LeBron James past Jamal Mashburn into 16th all time. Eight more assists will move him past Rony Seikaly into 18th all-time, with 574. 47 points for James moves him past Billy Thompson, into the top 20 with 2,221 points.
Dwyane Wade, 25.0
Norris Cole, 13.5
Udonis Haslem, 13.0
Chris Bosh, 9.0
LeBron James 8.0
Dwyane Wade, 7.0
LeBron James, 5.5
Mario Chalmers, 3.5
Mario Chalmers, 4.5
Norris Cole 2.0
Dwyane Wade, 2.5
Joel Anthony, 1.5