Tonight at 8:00 PM, the HEAT visit the Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. It's the first of two contests this season between the two, with a rematch slated at the AAA on April 4th. The HEAT will be playing in the second game of a four game roadtrip. They opened with a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, 107-87. It was their second loss in a row. They'll head out afterward and face the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night and the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday before taking a four day break. The Wolves haven't played since December 1st, thanks to the cancellation of a game versus the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The game was postponed due to smoky conditions after a pre-game fire in the Arena control room. They'll play the Pistons on the road in their next game, on Tuesday night. * Full Recap
Mexico Arena Video Smoke Prior To Wolves Spurs (via firstandskol)
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The 43-14 HEAT last faced off with the 20-36 Wolves on March 4th last season. Dwyane Wade led the HEAT with 32 points on 15-of-23 shooting and 10 assists with seven boards. LeBron James scored 20 with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks, and Ray Allen came off the bench for 13 points in the 97-81 victory. Derrick Williams led Minnesota with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and five rebounds. * Full Recap * Box Score
HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra spoke about Miami's effort's afterward:
Tonight was just about finding some way to win, however we had to do it. It was an uneven game, obviously. [We were] very careless offensively, but at the end of the day we found a way to get the win.
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Miami's last game was against the similarly undergunned Chicago Bulls. The Bulls opened up a nine point lead to end the first quarter and didn't let up afterward, finishing with a resounding 107-87 victory. Carlos Boozer led the way for Chicago with 27 points and nine rebounds, Luol Deng had 20 with five boards and five assists, Taj Gibson came off the bench for 19 with six rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 17 with 15 boards. LeBron James led Miami with 21 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Michael Beasley scored 15 off the bench with a team high seven rebounds and two blocks, and Norris Cole had 12 points with six dimes. Chris Bosh had a weak night, with 10 points and only two rebounds. * Full Recap * Box Score
Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls | December 5, 2013 | Full Game Highlights | NBA 2013-2014 Season (via NBAshowtimeHD6)
Coach Spo talked about the loss afterward:
We have to own it. That's the first part. The answer has to come from that locker room. We didn't step up to the challenge.
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GameTime: 8:00 PM
GameLine: Miami by -6
Season Series: First of two games.
All-Time Series: Miami holds a 27-19 advantage over the Wolves all-time, for a .587 winning percentage.
Miami HEAT: 14-5, .737, on pace for a 60-22 season. First in the Southeast Division, Second in the Eastern Conference, fifth in the NBA. Last five: W-W-W-L-L. Playoff odds: 99.9%
Minnesota TimberWolves: 9-10, .474, on pace for a 39-43 season. Fourth in the Northwest Division, tied for 12th in the Western Conference, tied for 15th in the NBA. Last five: L-L-L-W-L. Playoff odds: 50.7%
This day in HEATstory
This is Miami's first appearance on December 7th in six years. All-time, they can boast a 6-5 record on the date.
1988 - Kings 96, HEAT 94
1991 - Suns 109, HEAT 108
1993 - HEAT 106, Mavericks 101
1994 - HEAT 111, 76ers 102
1996 - HEAT 83, Bulls 80
1999 - HEAT 86, Trail Blazers 76
2001 - HEAT 98, SuperSonics 94, OT
2002 - SuperSonics 100, HEAT 71
2005 - Spurs 98, HEAT 84
2006 - HEAT 93, Kings 91, OT
2007 - Warriors 120, HEAT 113
Probable Starting Lineups
Tune in for the tipoff, live at 8:00 PM. In the meantime, check out Canis Hoopus for more on the Wolves.