NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 10th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (34-17) at Miami Heat (27-23), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets hit a bump on their eight-game road trip and will try to steer back on the right path Tuesday evening against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Denver had a four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 2-1 on its current road swing after getting demolished by the New Jersey Nets, 114-70, on Saturday at the IZOD Center.
Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony was the only Denver player to finish in double figures with 15 points, while Chauncey Billups and Nene each had just nine in the loss. Denver will also visit Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago and Milwaukee on the current swing, and is 14-11 away from the Rocky Mountains this season.
The Heat, meanwhile, won for just the second time in six tries with a 96-92 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday in the opener of a short two-game homestand. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Mario Chalmers recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 assists for Miami, which had lost two in a row and four of its last five games. Wade needed six stitches after getting elbowed in the eye by Charlotte's Juwan Howard.
Daequan Cook returned to the court following a three-game absence because of a bruised thigh and scored 16 points in a winning cause. Udonis Haslem ended with 14 points as the Heat shot a season-high 56 percent for the game.
Denver defeated Miami, 108-97, on January 7 this season at the Pepsi Center and has won seven straight matchups. The Nuggets are 11-2 over the previous 13 contests against the Heat, who have won nine of the last 13 games as the host in this series.
02/10 10:33:14 ET