The Miami Heat will be hosting the Golden State Warrirors at 7:30 at the American Airlines Arena in South Beach. Tonight will mark the first of two contests this season, and the only time they will play in Miami. They'll face each other again on January 16th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
The Heat will be playing in their fourth game of a six game homestand. They opened up the stand with a 112-92 loss to the New York Knicks, followed by consecutive victories over the New Orleans Hornets, 106-90, and a nine point affair over the Atlanta Hawks. They'll conclude their homestand against the Washington Wizards, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Warriors will be playing in the fifth game of a seven game road odyssey. They were victorious through the first four, defeating the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets by seven each, the Washington Wizards by four, and the Charlotte Bobcats by eight on Monday night. Before returning home, they'll finish up the trek against the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks.
These two last met on January 10th in South Florida. The 8-1 Heat were looking for their fourth straight win, while the 2-6 Warriors were trying to avoid their sixth straight setback. Here's an excerpt from the NBA.COM recap:
Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 24 points, 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Golden State Warriors erased a 17-point deficit over the final 13:15 of regulation to beat the Miami Heat 111-106, Tuesday night. Warriors forward Dorell Wright broke out of a season-long slump to score 20 points, eight in OT, and grabbed 10 rebounds against his former team. David Lee added his fourth consecutive double-double with 20 points, 14 boards, four steals and three assists as Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak. Dwyane Wade had a season-high 34 points, six rebounds and four steals in his return from a three-game absence due to an injured left foot, but he couldn't prevent the Heat from suffering only their second loss of the season.
Heat vs. Warriors 1-10-12 (via Jairus Yaun)
Golden State forward David Lee spoke about Warrior pride afterward:
"At this point, we're not in any position to fold up shop. We're just going to keep on fighting. We have no choice. We have a coaching staff that holds us accountable and we have a lot of players with a lot of pride."
For the Warriors point of view, check out Golden State Of Mind
Miami is coming off their second straight win, a nine point victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Here's an excerpt from the NBA.COM recap:
The Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat were led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who combined to score 53 points. It was the second consecutive game the duo turned in an efficient performance. Wade was 11 of 13 from the field while James finished was 10 of 16.
The Heat as a team shot 58 percent from the field, handing the Hawks just their second loss in the past 10 games. Atlanta was able to keep it close behind the strong play of Al Horford and Josh Smith, but Miami took control late in the third quarter.
It was the second straight victory for the Heat, who appear to have bounced back since their two-game losing streak. Miami improved to 8-0 when it holds opponents to under 100 points.
The Hawks were led by Smith, who finished with 22 points.
NBA CIRCLE - Atlanta Hawks Vs Miami Heat Highlights 10 December 2012 www.nbacircle.com (via NEWNBACIRCLE)
Dwyane Wade had this to say about recent media criticism on his "declining skills":
"I really didn't listen to the noise. I didn't pay attention ... I never really concerned myself with the noise outside."
For the Hawks perspective, check out Peachtree Hoops.
The Warriors are coming off an eight point win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. NBA.COM has the recap:
Stephen Curry made a splash in his return to the Queen City. Curry scored 27 points and added seven assists and seven rebounds as the revitalized Golden State Warriors picked up a 104-96 win over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 24 points, who have now lost eight straight.
Golden State Warriors Vs Charlotte Bobcats | First Half Highlights | 12/10/2012 | NBA Season 2012/13 (via NBACalifornia)
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Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
Current Odds: Miami by -8 1/2
All-Time Series: 25-22, .532, favor Heat
Season Series: 0-0
Miami Heat: 14-5, .737, first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference, fifth in the NBA. Last five: W-L-LW-W. On pace for 60-22. Current odds of making the postseason: 99.0%
Golden State Warriors: 14-7, .667, second in the Pacific Division, fifth in the Western Conference, tied for seventh in the NBA. Last five: L-W-W-W-W. On pace for 55-27. Current odds of making the postseason: 85.4%
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