Playing back-to-back games is something that hasn't phased the Miami Heat during their recent surge of stellar basketball, and they'll look to continue that trend tonight when they head to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz. The Heat will once again be without starting power forward Chris Bosh, who is out to attend the funeral of his grandmother.
Unlike last season, where the Heat struggled mightily with Bosh out of the lineup, Miami kept their foot on the gas and wasn't fazed by the absence of one of the Big 3. LeBron James scored 38 points while adding 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and a blocked shot for the Heat, while D-Wade chipped in with 33 points of his own. Wade also had a double double, coming away with 10 assists.
The Heat has now won nine straight games, all by at least twelve points. If they want to match last seasons twelve game winning streak they will have to get through a very tough next couple games though. Following tonight in Utah, they head west to Los Angeles for a Sunday afternoon matchup with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers
- Miami is 13-5 on the road. Utah is 13-6 at home.
- The Heat has won five of their last seven meetings against the Jazz, including last seasons visit to Utah.
- This marks the 10th time this season that Miami has played back-to-back games. So far they are 5-4 on the back end of those games.
- Utah had lost four consecutive games before getting a win on Wednesday night at home against the Houston Rockets.
- LeBron James is averaging 31.0 points over his last four road games.
- Meanwhile, D-Wade is averaging 28.0 points over his last four games overall.
- The Heat has won six straight road games.
- For Miami, forward Chris Both (personal) is out.
- As for the Jazz, forward Paul Millsap (heel) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (flu) are questionable while guard Raja Bell (adductor) is out.
Tipoff from Energy Solutions Arena is set for 9pm. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.