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Los Angeles Lakers Visit Miami Heat: Game 14 Preview

LeBron James looks to stay hot and Mike Miller tries to stay perfect from behind the arc as Miami welcomes Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to the AA Arena in Miami.

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More: Pregame coverage of tonight's Heat vs. Lakers game

The Miami Heat will be hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at the AA Arena tonight. It's the first of two meetings this season between the two teams, and the only time they will play in Miami. The Heat are 4-1 at home, Los Angeles carries an 1-4 road record into the game. For the Heat, this is the second game of a five game homestand. They beat the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday with a 39 point third quarter, 120-98. They go on to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers next Tuesday. The Lakers will be starting a short two game road trip against Miami, and go on to face the Orlando Magic tomorrow night.

The two teams last met on March 10th of last season. Miami posted a 94-88 victory that night. Chris Bosh led four Heat players in double digits, with 24 points and nine rebounds. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in a losing effort with 24 of his own.

Lakers vs Heat Highlights March 10th 2011 (via LakersAllAccess)

Miami fell behind the San Antonio Spurs by as many as 17 in the first half before outscoring the Spurs, 39-12 in the third quarter to win, 120-98 on Tuesday night. LeBron James led Miami with 33 points and 10 assists, Chris Bosh pitched in 30 points with eight rebounds, and Mike Miller threw down 18 off the bench with a perfect night from behind the arc, going six-for-six. Danny Green led the Spurs with 20 points off the bench.

NBA CIRCLE - San Antonio Spurs Vs Miami Heat Highlights Jan 17, 2012 Game Recap (via NBACIRCLE)

The Lakers are coming off a 73-70 victory against the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Andrew Bynum led Los Angeles with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The game broke a string of four consecutive 40-point nights for Kobe Bryant, in his 16th NBA season. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 21 points, the only Dallas player who scored more than 10.

Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Highlights January 16th 2012 (via swansob)

Game Time: 8:00 EST

Season Series: 0-0

All-Time Series: 17-29


Miami Heat: 9-4, third in the Southeast Division, sixth in the Eastern Conference, tied for seventh in the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers: 10-5, first in the Pacific Division, third in the Western Conference, ninth in the NBA.

Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat:

PG - Mario Chalmers

SG - James Jones

SF - LeBron James

PF - Chris Bosh

C - Joel Anthony

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG - Derek Fisher

SG - Kobe Bryant

SF - Matt Barnes

PF - Pau Gasol

C - Andrew Bynum


Common Thread:

Lakers forward Jason Kapono played in 118 games for the Heat over two seasons, averaging eight points, two assists and one rebound in 21 minutes per game.

Team Milestones:

James Jones needs three more 3-pointers to pass Jamal Mashburn into 14th with 211.

Six more 3-pointers will put Mario Chalmers at 305, passing Jason Williams into seventh.

Chris Bosh needs 10 more free throws to pass Caron Butler into 19th, with 443.

With two more assists, Udonis Haslem will pass Rony Seikaly into 19th, with 574. Five more blocks will put him in 11th with 185, passing Brian Grant.

Seven more assists will move LeBron James past Alonzo Mourning into 16th, with 652.

Team Leaders:


LeBron James, 29.8

Chris Bosh, 20.0

Dwyane Wade,19.6


Udonis Haslem,9.5

Chris Bosh, 8.1

LeBron James, 7.9


LeBron James, 7.6

Dwyane Wade, 5.4

Mario Chalmers, 4.2


Dwyane Wade, 2.0

LeBron James, Mario Chalmers, 1.8

BPG: Dwyane Wade, 1.7

Chris Bosh, 1.1

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.