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    Thursday, December 20th (All times Eastern)

    Miami Heat (16-6) at Dallas Mavericks (12-13), 9:30 p.m.

    (Sports Network) - The defending champion Miami Heat hit the road for only the second time since Nov. 21 on Thursday night when they visit the Dallas Mavericks.

    This is a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals, won by the Mavericks, but the two teams have gone in opposite directions since Dallas won its first championship in franchise history.

    The Heat, who bested the Mavs in the 2006 NBA Finals, won the title last season to finally realize the shared goal of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

    The Mavericks were swept in the first round last season by the eventual Western Conference Champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder. In fact, only two Mavericks remain from the squad that won the title two seasons ago, Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.

    Nowitzki is still out recovering from knee surgery, although should be back shortly after Christmas, but Marion, who became the 95th player in NBA history to score 16,000 points on Tuesday, will be in the lineup and probably tasked with trying to stop James.

    On Tuesday, in a 103-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, James went off for 22 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Wade led the way with 24 points and Bosh added 15.

    The Heat held the Wolves to 23.5 percent shooting from the 3-point line and Miami blocked 14 shots. But, in a somewhat alarming statistic, the Heat were outrebounded by 29.

    "Rebounding helps, but there are a lot of other factors for rebounding," head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "If you go through the statistics in the playoffs and ranked them, that isn't necessarily the biggest key."

    The Heat rank 29th in rebounding.

    The Mavs aren't a great rebounding team either. In fact, their rebounding differential of minus-4.4 a night puts them dead last in the NBA.

    Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. O.J. Mayo paced the Mavericks with 26 points and eight assists and Chris Kaman chipped in 20 points and seven boards.

    Point guard Derek Fisher will be out of Thursday's night contest. He fell awkwardly in the first quarter against the Sixers and didn't return. Results of his MRI aren't in yet.

    The Mavs already were without Elton Brand (groin), but ended their losing streak thanks to a great fourth-quarter effort from Mayo and Kaman.

    "It was really important," Mayo said of the victory. "Obviously we didn't have a great road trip, so for us to come back here at home, you know, we've got to protect our home court and get a win."

    Brandon Wright is listed as day-to-day with a sprained right ankle.

    The Heat swept last season's two regular-season games. That snapped a 14-game, regular-season winning streak the Mavs had over Miami.

    Dallas, which is 6-0 at home against Eastern Conference foes, is 8-3 overall at American Airlines Center. The Heat are only 4-4 on the road and have dropped 10 of the last 12 in Big D.

    12/20 10:27:19 ET

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

      The Great 38 is giving tickets to Nitro Jam. Enter below for your chance to win. More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun events happening in Tampa Bay this weekend! More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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