NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 10th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (15-8) at Golden State Warriors (8-14), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Things are really starting to come together for LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and the club will shoot for its season-high seventh straight win tonight when it resumes a four-game road trip in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.
The Heat improved to 2-0 on the trek Wednesday when James poured in 33 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds, as Miami stayed hot with a 111-98 victory over the Utah Jazz from EnergySolutions Arena.
Dwyane Wade added 28 points for the Heat, who have won seven of eight overall. Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Bosh donated 14 points and nine boards for the victors.
"Definitely a great team win for us," James said. "Great road win versus a very, very good team. Not only in the Western Conference but the whole league. It was a good team effort by us."
"I don't think we (handled him) at all, he got 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said of James. "He's a great player and it looked like at times we were intimidated by him and Wade. I wish we would have got up and got after him like they were getting after us."
Miami, which is now 5-5 on the road, has outscored its opponents by nearly 17 points a game during its winning streak and will finish its trek in Sacramento on Saturday.
The Warriors, meanwhile, continue to struggle, dropping yet another game in San Antonio on Wednesday. Tony Parker scored 19 points and dished out nine assists in that one, leading the Spurs to a 111-94 win, their 25th straight over Golden State in the Alamo City.
For some historical perspective, the last time the Warriors won in San Antonio -- during the 1996-97 season -- was the year before superstar Tim Duncan arrived on the scene.
Reggie Williams exploded for a season-high 31 points on a career-best eight three-point shots made for the Warriors, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11 overall. Monta Ellis added 19 points, while David Lee had 16 with 13 rebounds in defeat.
"We played a very good team on the road here," Lee said. "We made our runs and we never stopped playing hard. But overall, too many turnovers and not enough good defense."
In even worse news for Golden State, sharpshooter Stephen Curry left after spraining his ankle in the second quarter and is doubtful for tonight's contest.
The Warriors, who have dropped four straight to Miami, have also lost four consecutive at home and will be attempting to avoid their first five-game skid in Oakland since a six-game hiccup from March 1-24, 2002.
12/10 10:54:09 ET