NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 2nd (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (12-18) at Miami Heat (16-14), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Southeast Division rivals meet in the shadow of South Beach Saturday when the Miami Heat play host to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Heat, who are opening a three-game homestand this afternoon, are coming off a winless two-game road trip. In its most recent affair in San Antonio on Thursday, Tim Duncan finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as the Spurs handed Miami its most lopsided loss of the season, a 108-78 drubbing.
Michael Beasley had 26 points and eight rebounds to pace Miami, which was held to a season-low in points. Dwyane Wade was limited to 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting and had seven turnovers to six assists.
The Heat, who were coming off a loss at New Orleans on Wednesday, had no other player reach double-figures in scoring.
"We'll leave it up to our coaches to stress over it," Wade said of the embarrassing loss. "It's one of those that we learn from and we move on."
The Bobcats, meanwhile, dropped the opener of a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Toronto when Chris Bosh finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds, as the Raptors pulled out a 107-103 victory over Charlotte.
Stephen Jackson scored a season-high 30 points to pace the Bobcats, who were coming off a home win against Milwaukee on Monday, but continued their road struggles in the setback falling to 1-14 away from home.
Raymond Felton ended with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 16 boards.
"You can't win when you turn over the ball like that," Jackson said. "It's been like that all season. We've got a lot of work to do."
Charlotte, which will finish its current trek in Cleveland on Sunday, dropped three of four to the Heat last season including both meetings in Miami.
01/02 10:32:53 ET