Hornets Vs Heat: History and Starting Lineups

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

Tonight will be the 73rd time the Heat have faced the Charlotte/New Orleans franchise. What kind of historical significance can we attach to tonight's matchup? Find out after the jump.

Common Thread:

Nobody on either roster has appeared for the other team.

Milestones:

For the Hornets, the only player in the all-time top 20 in any category is Greivis Vasquez, in 16th with 515 assists, 35 short of Hersey Hawkins.

For Miami, Chris Bosh needs 15 field goals to pass Jamal Mashburn into 16th all-time, with 1,047.

LeBron James needs seven more three pointers to pass Eddie House into 18th, with 178.

Three more rebounds will move Joel Anthony into 19th all-time, passing Bimbo Coles with 1,070.

With seven assists, Udonis Haslem will pass Jamal Mashburn into 18th with 617.

LeBron James needs six assists to pass Anthony Carter into ninth all-time, with 1,064.

Mario Chalmers will pass Kevin Edwards into sixth with 14 more assists, giving him 1,132.

LeBron James needs two more steals to give him 263, passing Anthony Carter and P.J. Brown into 15th.

23 points will move Mario Chalmers into 19th on Miami's all-time scoring list, passing Sherman Douglas with 2,545.

Chris Bosh will pass P.J. Brown and Voshon Lenard on the Heat's all-time scoring list into 16th with 21 points, giving him 2,805.

Today in Heat History:

Throughout December 8th's since their inception, the Heat has posted an exemplary 7-1 all-time record:

Heat 122, Magic 114 (1989)

Heat 126, Mavericks 112 (1992)

Heat 105, Nets 97 (1997)

Heat 80, Hawks 76 (2000)

Heat 101, Bucks 96 (2004)

Nuggets 123, Heat 107 (2006)

Heat 100, Bobcats 96 (2008)

Heat 111, Jazz 98 (2010)

Birthdays:

All star forward Dwight Howard turns 27 today.

Starting Lineups: (MPG, PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG) PER

Miami Heat:

PG - Mario Chalmers (24.4, 6.4, 2.6, 4.1, 1.6, 0.2) 11.7

SG - Dwyane Wade (33.6, 19.4, 3.9, 4.5, 1.2, 0.6) 20.3

SF - Shane Battier (25.3, 6.5, 2.4, 0.8, 0.6, 0.9) 9.8

PF - LeBron James (37.6, 25.2, 9.2, 6.9, 1.3, 0.9) 28.9

C - Chris Bosh (33.6, 18.9, 8.1, 1.5, 0.6, 1.4) 23.0

New Orleans Hornets:

PG - Greivis Vasquez (32.4, 12.7, 3.7, 8.7, 0.4, 0.1) 14.5

SG - Roger Mason (20.9, 5.7, 2.2, 1.3, 0.4, 0.1) 9.3

SF - Al-Farouq Aminu (31.2, 9.8, 7.4, 2.0, 1.5, 0.6) 13.2

PF - Ryan Anderson (32.9, 18.1, 7.7, 1.3, 0.3, 0.3) 21.4

C - Robin Lopez (27.1, 11.4, 5.3, 1.0, 0.7, 2.0) 19.0

Make sure to keep it dialed in right here at Hot Hot Hoops for more coverage on today's game, right through the recap.

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