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Cleveland Cavaliers Visit Miami Heat: Game 17 Preview

The Heat look to rebound from a rare home loss on Sunday to face Superrookie Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Caveliers.

The Miami Heat will be hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AA Arena tonight. It's the first of three meetings this season between the two teams, and the first of two they will play in Miami. The Heat are 6-2 at home, Cleveland carries a 4-6 road record into the game. For the Heat, this is the final game of a five game homestand. They beat the San Antonio Spurs last Tuesday with a 39 point third quarter, 120-98. They then beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, 98-87 and the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night, 113-92 before dropping their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, 91-82 on Sunday. The Cavaliers are finishing up a short two game road trip. They dropped their Saturday matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, 121-94 and return home to play the New York Knicks tomorrow.

The two teams last met on March 29th of last season. The Cavaliers beat the Heat, 102-90, led by JJ Hickson's 21 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Parker added 20 for Cleveland, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. LeBron James led the Heat with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth triple double of the season. Dwyane Wade scored 24, Mike Bibby chipped in 23, and Chris Bosh scored 10 for the Heat in the loss.

Miami vs Cleveland NBA Highlights 03/29/11 (via bballfansite)

Miami lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 91-82 on Sunday night. Miami made season lows with 25 field goals, nine assists, and 82 points scored. LeBron James led Miami with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Chris Bosh pitched in with 23 points and six boards. Brandon Jennings paced Milwaukee with 23 points and Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 off the bench in the win.

Milwaukee vs Miami NBA Highlights 01/22/2012 (via bballfansite)

Cleveland was routed by the Atlanta Hawks, 121-94 on Sunday. The Cavs were down by 19 at the half, and were never a serious threat to win this game. Kyrie Irving led six Cleveland players in double figures with 18. Joe Johnson scored 25 and Josh Smith grabbed 11 rebounds for Atlanta in the win.

Cleveland vs Atlanta NBA Highlights 01/21/2012 (via bballfansite)

Game Time: 7:30 EST

Season Series: 0-0

All-Time Series: 45-39


Miami Heat: 11-5, third in the Southeast Division, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, tied for seventh in the NBA.

Cleveland Cavaliers: 6-9, tied for third in the Central Division, tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, tied for 18th in the NBA.

Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat:

PG - Mario Chalmers

SG - James Jones

SF - LeBron James

PF - Chris Bosh

C - Joel Anthony

Cleveland Cavaliers:

PG - Kyrie Irving

SG - Anthony Parker

SF - Omri Casspi

PF - Antawn Jamison

C - Anderson Varejao


Common Thread:

Heat forward LeBron James played his first seven seasons in Cleveland. He is the Cavaliers all time leader in points, with 15,251 and in steals, with 955. He is second all-time in assists, with 3,810. James is also fourth all time with 3,861 rebounds and with 482 blocks. In 548 games, he averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, 1.8 steals and just under one block in just over 40 minutes per night.

Team Milestones:

With nine more field goals, LeBron James will move past Billy Thompson into 18th, with 930.

James Jones needs one more 3-pointer to pass Jamal Mashburn into 14th, with 211.

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

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

Team Leaders:


LeBron James, 29.7

Chris Bosh, 20.5

Dwyane Wade,19.6


Udonis Haslem, 9.1

LeBron James, 8.3

Chris Bosh, 7.9


LeBron James, 7.3

Dwyane Wade, 5.4

Mario Chalmers, 4.4


LeBron James, 2.1

Dwyane Wade, 2.0

Mario Chalmers, 1.6


Dwyane Wade, 1.7

Chris Bosh, 1.0

LeBron James, 0.9

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