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Game #38: New Jersey Nets (12-26) vs. Miami Heat (28-9)

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The Miami Heat return to action Tuesday night when they welcome the New Jersey Nets to the AAA. This will be the first time that Heat fans get to see their team since Miami beat the Knicks on the Thursday before the All-Star break. The return home comes at a great time for the Heat, having dropped their last two games while finishing up a 3-game western road trip.

It's the first time that Miami has lost consecutive games since early January, when they lost a season-high three straight. They'll look to avoid that same fate against the lowly Nets, winners of just twelve games so far this season. This is the second meeting between the two teams, with the Heat picking up a 101-90 win over the Nets back on January 7th.

Deron Williams had just 10 points and 10 assists in that game, but at the moment he is riding just a little bit higher. Williams is fresh off of a 57-point outburst on Sunday in a win over Charlotte, a mark that is a New Jersey Nets record for scoring in one game. The 57 points also represent a high for any player in the NBA to score this season, so we'll see how much Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and maybe even LeBron James have their hands full.

GAME NOTES

  • Miami is 15-2 at home. New Jersey is 9-13 on the road.
  • The Nets are a much better team on the road then they are at home. They have just a 3-13 record at the Prudential Center.
  • New Jersey is 4-3 in their last seven games, after losing the previous eight in a row.
  • The Nets have also won four of their last five on the road.
  • Miami is expected to get Chris Bosh back in the lineup. Bosh missed Miami's last three games while attending his grandmother's funeral.
  • New Jersey will be without four of their players. Centers Brook Lopez (ankle) and Mehmet Okur (back) as well as forwards Damion Jones (foot) and Shawne Williams (shoulder) are all out.

Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.