NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 13th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (30-10) at Denver Nuggets (21-16), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - So much for karma.
A night after having a 13-game road winning streak stopped in the wake of a controversial Tweet by superstar LeBron James, the Miami Heat will resume their five-game trek tonight against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
After James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were embarrassed by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, the young star Tweeted, "Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!
James denied those sentiments and said he was relaying a message someone had previously sent to him. Karma may have had a role in Miami's 111-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last night, as James' 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists weren't enough to keep the road success going. Dwyane Wade had 31 points and Chris Bosh posted 26 and 13 boards for the Heat, who were trying to match the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest road winning streak in NBA history at 16.
The Southeast Division-leading Heat were also just one road win away of tying the franchise record for consecutive wins outside of South Beach set from Nov. 19 - Dec. 29, 1996. They had a nine-game overall winning streak halted and fell to 2-1 on the excursion. Miami will close out the road swing Saturday at Chicago.
"We need to come out with more energy," Bosh said after the tough loss to the Clippers. "We dug ourselves a hole, and [the Clippers] had a lot of confidence after the first quarter."
LA had a 44-26 advantage after the first 12 minutes of action and shot 50 percent for the game. Miami is 15-6 away from south Florida in 2010-11 and fell to 13-2 this season when James, Wade and Bosh combine for 75 points. Wade has scored 30-plus points in six of his last eight games. James sprained his left ankle during the loss to the Clippers, but should be ready for tonight.
With trade rumors swirling in the Rocky Mountains, the Nuggets will try to remain focused when they resume a four-game homestand tonight. It has been reported that Nuggets stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups could be on the move to the New Jersey Nets, but that remains all speculation right now. Anthony has already turned down a pair of extension offers from the Nuggets with the intent of playing closer to his home of Brooklyn, NY.
Anthony's play hasn't been in question and he ended with 28 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 132-98 waxing of the Phoenix Suns in the Rockies. Arron Afflalo finished with a career-high 31 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which is 1-1 on the residency and ended a three-game losing streak. A 27-7 run in the second quarter was the key to victory.
"It was good to get back on the right track, the winning track," Anthony said. "It feels good to win a game, especially dropping three and the way that we lost those three. Tonight to come back and get a victory against the Phoenix Suns the way we did felt really good."
Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Nuggets, winners in five of their last eight games overall. The Nuggets, who shot a home season-high 55.7 percent and outscored Phoenix, 112-66, in the final three quarters, will also host Cleveland on the residency and are 16-4 at the Pepsi Center this season.
Billups had seven points and seven assists against Phoenix, and is averaging 20.4 ppg in his last 10 contests.
Miami and Denver split a home-and-home series a year ago, with each team holding serve as the host. The Nuggets are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings with the Heat, losers of eight straight in the Rocky Mountains.
01/13 13:34:03 ET