NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 2nd (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (1-2) at Miami Heat (3-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It seems the Miami Heat have come together after their season-opening loss in Boston and will shoot for their fourth straight win tonight versus the Minnesota Timberwolves at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The star-studded Heat rebounded from last week's loss to the Celtics by beating Philadelphia, Orlando and New Jersey. They put forth a balanced attack on the Nets, as LeBron James led the way with 20 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and Dwyane Wade recorded 17 points for a 101-78 victory.
Carlos Arroyo posted 12 points for the Heat, who shot a sizzling 53.7 percent from the floor and will play seven of the next eight games at home. Tonight's game is just Miami's second in south Florida this season.
"We did a great job of attacking," James said. "Chris (Bosh) finally found his shot which was great. He was aggressive. Wade took nine shots, I took 12 shots and we were able to get to the line 12 apiece. That means we were aggressive also."
James is second on the team with 20.5 points, while Wade is first with 21.5.
Minnesota will resume its three-game road trip tonight and fell to 1-2 on the season following Saturday's 109-89 loss at Memphis. O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay scored 29 and 25 points, respectively, to lead the Grizzlies.
Wayne Ellington paced Minnesota with 15 points and Kevin Love contributed 14 points and 13 boards in a losing effort. The T'Wolves were outscored 19-0 at one point in the first quarter and committed 30 turnovers.
"I feel like we were a disgrace to the game of basketball," said Minnesota forward Michael Beasley, who had six points and six turnovers. "We had 30 turnovers. Thirty turnovers, man. That's not basketball. That's not team basketball. That's not basketball at all. Everything we worked on since training camp just went out the window. Defensively. Offensively. We didn't play as a team. It was just bad from every aspect of the game."
Beasley will make his return to Miami, where he spent the first two years of his career. He leads the Timberwolves with 14.7 points per game and was selected No. 2 overall by the Heat in 2008.
The Timberwolves will also visit Orlando on the trek.
Miami and Minnesota have split the past 14 matchups between the teams.
11/02 10:46:16 ET