NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (29-27) at Dallas Mavericks (34-21), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat shoot for their sixth straight win when they close out a five-game road trip tonight against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Miami made it five wins in a row and improved to 4-0 on the trek with Friday's 100-87 victory in double overtime at Memphis. Heat star Dwyane Wade missed the game with a calf injury, but Michael Beasley scored a career-high 30 points in his absence for Miami, which evened its road mark at 15-15.
Mario Chalmers and Jermaine O'Neal each had 18 points, while Udonis Haslem and Carlos Arroyo both finished with 10 in a winning cause.
"I think we defended well in the first half," Haslem said. "The second half we had a little slippage but we got back to it. I think we just really really wanted this one."
Wade is expected to miss tonight's game and is averaging 26.1 points per game this season. Guard Rafer Alston also missed last night's win over the Grizzlies with a bruised hand and is questionable Saturday for the Heat, who are tied with Chicago for the sixth spot in the East standings.
The Southwest Division-leading Mavericks will commence a three-game homestand tonight versus the Heat, Pacers and Lakers, and are 16-9 in Big D this season. They are coming off a 95-85 victory at Orlando, as Jason Kidd scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and also recorded eight assists and eight rebounds for the Mavs, who have won two straight and got 23 points out of Dirk Nowitzki.
Dallas newcomers Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood had 16 and 15 points, respectively, in a winning cause. Jason Terry netted 16 off the bench.
"We've been a bit of a streaky team. We have the ability to go on hot streaks as well," Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said. "Look, when we get stops and get the ball into Jason Kidd's hands in transition, great things happen for us."
Even though Miami beat Dallas in the 2006 NBA Finals, the Mavericks have won 11 in a row in this series and seven straight as the host.
02/20 10:32:14 ET