The Miami Heat will be hosting the Brooklyn Nets at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami tonight. It's the first of three meetings this season between the two clubs, and one of two they will play in South Beach. The Heat are coming off a 119-116 squeaker over the Denver Nuggets and a 124-99 blowout win at home over the Phoenix Suns. Afterward, the Heat will embark on a six game roadtrip with stops in Atlanta, Memphis, Houston, Los Angeles (Clippers), Denver and Phoenix. The Nets split their first two at home, including an epic collapse at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night, losing 106-97. The Nets will go on to play a home-and-home series with the Orlando Magic on Friday and Sunday.
The two teams last met onApril 16th as the 22-39 Nets dropped a three point decision to the 42-17 Heat at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Partial recap courtesy of NBA.COM:
In front of what felt like Miami North, the Nets hit the Heat with their best shot. It was almost enough, but LeBron James, playing without Dwyane Wade, scored the Heat's final 17 points in a 101-98 victory. James finished with 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Chris Bosh added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat.
Kris Humphries turned in an excellent, efficient performance (29 points, eight rebounds) for the Nets, who played about as well as they could have without Deron Williams.
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After the game, Heat standout LeBron James broke down the game for the media present:
"We know, no matter who we're playing, if it's in Miami or if it's on the road, we're going to get everybody's best. No matter the records, no matter what's going on. That's why it's a 48-minute game and we wanted to keep plugging away until we was able to take the lead."
Miami whacked the Phoenix Suns by 25 in their matchup on Monday at the AAA. Partial recap courtesy of NBA.COM:
The Miami Heat defeated the Phoenix Suns 124-99 Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat were led by the tandem of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who scored 23 and 22 points while sitting most of the fourth quarter. The Heat had five players score in double figures, including center Chris Bosh, who had 18.
Miami, the league's highest-scoring team, continued its offensive onslaught. The Heat shot 55 from the field, leading by double-digits by most of the game. The Suns remained in striking distance in the first half before the Heat took control in the third quarter.
Phoenix shot under 40 percent from the field for the second straight game, finishing 35-for-88 from the field.
The Suns were led by reserve guard Shannon Brown's 18 points.
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Heat coach Spoelstra spoke afterward about the Heat's 15-for-26 performance from deep:
"We wanted to set an aggressive tempo and attack. We want to still get our opportunities in the paint around the rim and we did. That is the maturity of this team -- to be able to read the game, not to pre-script and attack but let it happen."
The Nets dropped one at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night after leading by as many as 22 points midway through the third period. Partial recap from NBA.COM:
With the Barclays Center computers malfunctioning, the Nets coughed up a 22-point lead and lost to the Timberwolves, 107-96, at Barclays Center. Nikola Pekovic (17 points), Dante Cunningham (5 points), Chase Budinger (13 points) and Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, nine rebounds, six assists) out-muscled and outmaneuvered the Nets' frontcourt in the second half, as the Timberwolves were impressively able to mount their comeback on the second day of a back-to-back.
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Wolves coach Rick Adelman spoke about the mindset going into the fourth quarter down by 11:
"At the start of the fourth quarter, 11 down, I told them the first five minutes are going to be crucial in this game."
The Heat is 56-41 all-time against the Suns. To drop to .500 all-time in the series, Miami would have to lose every matchup between the two through their final meeting of the 2016-17 season.
Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
Current Odds: Miami by -11
Season Series: 0-0
Brooklyn Nets: 1-1, second in the Atlantic Division, tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 12th in the NBA. Current odds of making the postseason: 51.0%
PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - Shane Battier
PF - LeBron James
CF - Chris Bosh
PG - Deron Williams
SG - Joe Johnson
SF - Gerald Wallace
PF - Kris Humphries
C - Brook Lopez
Team Leaders: (After four games)
LeBron James, 23.0
Chris Bosh, 22.3
Dwyane Wade, 20.0
LeBron James, 9.3
Chris Bosh, 8.0
Rashard Lewis, 4.3
Mario Chalmers, 7.0
LeBron James, 5.0
Dwyane Wade, 4.5
Mario Chalmers, 2.3
Dwyane Wade, 1.5
Shane Battier, 1.0
Chris Bosh, 1.5
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, 1.3