NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (10-6) at Denver Nuggets (8-9), 9 p.m. (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat take aim at their fourth consecutive win this evening when they continue a five-game road trip against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
On Friday, Dwyane Wade poured in 27 points and handed out seven assists, as Miami defeated Sacramento, 98-87, at ARCO Arena. Jason Williams chipped in 20 points and eight helpers while Udonis Haslem contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who have won four of their last six.
Alonzo Mourning had 12 points and Antoine Walker added 11 in the win.
Mourning, filling in for an injured Shaquille O'Neal, also blocked seven shots and has rejected an average of 5.4 over his last five games.
Miami, which will close its trip against the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, is 3-4 away from home this season.
Denver, meanwhile, will have head coach George Karl back on the sidelines tonight. Karl had been suspended for his team's last two games for vehemently criticizing the officiating after Denver's 101-92 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Monday.
The Nuggets missed him, as they dropped both games in his absence, including Friday's 102-97 setback at the hands of the Phoenix Suns.
Marcus Camby poured in a season-high 33 points and grabbed 20 boards and Carmelo Anthony, who returned after missing Wednesday's loss versus New Orleans/Oklahoma City with an ankle injury, scored 22 points in the loss.
Anthony started the game, but left with just under six minutes to play in the fourth quarter with tightness in his ankle. He is questionable for tonight's affair.
Andre Miller added 18 points and dished out 10 assists for Denver, which has lost three in a row.
The Nuggets should also have guard Voshon Lenard back tonight. Lenard was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. In 10 games this season, he is averaging 8.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Denver, which will be starting a two-game homestand tonight, is 6-3 in its arena this season.
Miami split its two matchups with the Nuggets last season, but has won two of the last three meetings. The Heat, though, have struggled recently in Denver, where they have dropped three straight.
12/03 10:13:32 ET