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Dwyane Wade Leads With 17 First-Half Points, Heat Over Kings, 57-53

Miami looks for it's seventh straight victory tonight against the slumping Sacramento Kings, at 7:30 ET in Miami.

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Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Usurp The Sacramento Kings, 120-108

Playing alongside Kings, both friendly and hostile, Dwyane Wade enjoyed a regal night at the American Airlines Arena.

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Miami Heat Leading the Sacramento Kings 57-53 at Halftime

Perhaps inspired by star Chris Webber telecasting the game on NBA TV's fan night, the Sacramento Kings came out the gates much faster than the Miami Heat anticipated. The Heat, winners of their last six games, are still managing to maintain a lead over the Sacramento Kings 57-33 at halftime of Tuesday night's game.

Dwyane Wade continues to dominate the first half of games, leading all Heat players with 17 points and 4 assists. Wade is 7 for 9 in the half and has had several fast break opportunities with LeBron James. LeBron has 8 points in the half but more importantly 6 assists for the Heat; many of the dishes going out to Mario Chalmers who has 11 points and has made 3 of 5 3-point shots in the half.

The Kings came out strong to start the game, hoping to end the Heat's recent hot streak. Led by the strong play of Marcus Thornton (17 points) and Jason Thompson (10 points, 6 rebounds), the Kings have out-rebounded the Heat by 9 in the half, including 10 offensive rebounds.

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Sacramento Kings Visit Miami Heat: Injury Report And Starting Lineups

Heat:

Injuries:

Backup center Dexter Pittman had missed the past three games with a bruised left shoulder, but has been available since Sunday’s game.

Starting Lineup: (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard – Mario Chalmers (10.9, 2.6, 3.6, 1.3, 0.2)

Shooting guard – Dwyane Wade (22.1, 4.3, 4.6. 1.6, 1.4)

Small forward – LeBron James (27.9, 8.2, 6.8, 1.7, 0.6)

Power forward – Chris Bosh (18.2, 8.3, 2.1, 0.9, 0.8)

Center – Joel Anthony (3.2, 4.2, 0.2, 0.4, 1.1)

Key off the bench:

Udonis Haslem is averaging six point and eight rebounds off the bench, and with three rebounds in tonight’s game will pass center Rony Seikaly as the Miami Heat’s second all-time leading rebounder, behind Alonzo Mourning.

Sacramento Kings:

Injuries:

No reported injuries

Starting Lineup: (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard – Tyreke Evans (17.0, 5.1, 5.2, 1.5, 0.5)

Shooting guard – Marcus Thornton (17.9, 3.6, 2.0, 1.4, 0.3)

Small forward – John Salmons (7.0, 3.1, 1.8, 0.9, 0.2)

Power forward – Jason Thompson (7.7, 5.9, 0.9, 0.4, 0.5)

Center – DeMarcus Cousins (16.7, 11.3, 1.0, 1.2, 1.2)

Key off the Bench:

Isaiah Thomas is coming off a career best night, playing 43 minutes and scoring 23 points with 11 assists in his second career start.

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Sacramento Kings Visit Miami Heat: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:

Neither team employs any players who have history with their opponent tonight.

Team Milestones:

James Jones needs one more three pointer to move past James Posey into 13th all-time, with 215.

Chris Bosh needs one more free throw to pass Sherman Douglas into 18th on the all-time list with 514.

With four rebounds, Joel Anthony moves into 19th all-time, passing Jamal Mashburn with 943.

Three more rebounds and Udonis Haslem will pass Rony Seikaly into second all-time, with 4,545.

Team Leaders:

Heat:

PPG:

LeBron James – 27.9

Dwyane Wade – 22.1

Chris Bosh – 18.2

RPG:

Chris Bosh – 8.3

LeBron James – 8.2

Udonis Haslem – 8.1

APG:

LeBron James – 6.8

Dwyane Wade – 4.6

Mario Chalmers – 3.6

SPG:

LeBron James – 1.7

Dwyane Wade – 1.6

Mario Chalmers – 1.3

BPG:

Dwyane Wade – 1.4

Joel Anthony – 1.1

Chris Bosh – 0.8

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Sacramento Kings Visit Miami Heat: Game 33 Preview

Miami looks for it's seventh straight victory tonight against the slumping Sacramento Kings, at 7:30 ET in Miami.

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