NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 17th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (5-5) at Miami Heat (7-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will close out a five-game homestand Tuesday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat improved to 3-1 on the residency with an 81-80 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, as Wade hit the go-ahead three-pointer with only 0.1 seconds to go. Wade finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals for the Heat, who have won four of five overall.
Udonis Haslem led Miami with 28 points and 12 rebounds on 12-of-20 shooting, while Quentin Richardson added 13 points in the victory.
"It would have been a bad loss for us," said Wade, who is third in scoring with 29.7 ppg. "I had a lot of guys step up and make plays at the end too give us an opportunity for me to be able to take that shot. Haslem had an unbelievable game. Quentin Richardson's shot was crazy. So it was a lot of plays that were made to get to my shot."
Miami is 5-2 at home this season. In injury news for the team, guard Mario Chalmers (shoulder) and center Jermaine O'Neal (hip) are questionable for tonight's game.
Meanwhile, the Thunder will hit the road for two games at Miami and Orlando, and are coming off Sunday's 101-93 loss versus the Los Angeles Clippers at the Ford Center. Young star Kevin Durant made 14-of-25 shot en route to 40 points in the loss, one night after beating San Antonio.
Russell Westbrook chipped in 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Nenad Krstic scored 10 for Oklahoma City, which had won two straight and three of four games before hosting the Clippers.
"Down the stretch, we were right there," said Durant, who is fourth in scoring with 28.1 ppg. "That's what we have to realize, that we've got to be more careful with the basketball, make shots, play defense, rebound the basketball and we'll be alright."
The Thunder are 3-2 as the visitor this season and lost both meetings with Miami a season ago. The Heat have won three straight, 11 of 16 and 13 of the last 19 meetings with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise.
11/17 10:32:03 ET