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2012 NBA schedule: Heat host Cavaliers, Magic with 2 home games this weekend

The Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend, while the Orlando Magic will also play the Cavs as well as the Boston Celtics.

Mike Ehrmann

LeBron James and the Miami Heat welcome his former team to AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday when the Heat take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Miami is coming off a hard-fought 113-106 overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. James nearly notched a triple-double in that game, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also had big performances. The Heat are 9-3 on the season and currently lead the NBA in points per game.

On the other hand, the Cavs have started just 3-8 and are without star point guard Kyrie Irving for an extended period of time due to injury. However, Jeremy Pargo filled in nicely for Irving last game, scoring 28 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Anderson Varejao has also been very good so far, sporting averages of 13.9 points and 13.7 rebounds.

Cleveland will be on the second of a back-to-back, as they play in Orlando on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, bolstered by a 21-0 third-quarter run.

Orlando returns to the floor on Sunday when they host the Boston Celtics at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Celtics have gotten off to a mediocre 6-6 start, although Rajon Rondo currently has a double-digit assist streak of 35 games. Like the Magic, Boston will have also played a game on Friday, as they will be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Elsewhere in the Southeast Division, the surprising Charlotte Bobcats have a back-to-back this weekend. They first play the Atlanta Hawks in a divisional contest on Friday before traveling to Washington to take on the Wizards Saturday.

For the full NBA weekend schedule, check out SI.com.

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