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             === Heat hope to continue domination of Sacramento ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  series between the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings
 the  last 10  years  or so  hasn't  been  competitive by  any  stretch of  the
 imagination and the two clubs will clash Friday on the shores of Biscayne Bay.
 
 The  Heat took both encounters with the Kings last season and have won nine in
 a  row  and 17 of  the past 18 meetings.  Sacramento has struggled mightily in
 south Florida, losing 11 straight and 22 of 24 games there.
 
 Miami hopes to stay perfect (3-0) on its five-game homestand with the Kings in
 town  and recently defeated the much-improved Indiana Pacers, 97-94, Wednesday
 night  at  AmericanAirlines Arena.  Veteran reserve Ray  Allen hit a 3-pointer
 with  59.5 seconds to go for a 95-92 score and the Pacers later missed on a 3-
 point attempt at the buzzer.
 
 Dwyane  Wade  poured in  32 points  on 15-of-25 shooting  for the Heat. LeBron
 James  shook  off a  balky ankle  to post  24 points,  nine rebounds and seven
 assists in the win, Miami's fifth in the last six tries.
 
 "He  knows his body and he knows his ankle," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of
 James. "He looked fine."
 
 James has currently scored in double-figures in 520 consecutive games, six shy
 of tying Moses Malone's mark set from Nov. 4, 1978 - March 4, 1985.
 
 The  Heat  have won three in  a row at home,  are 12-2 in South Beach and will
 close  the  residency Monday  versus Atlanta. In  injury news, forward Michael
 Beasley is questionable with a strained left hamstring and has missed the last
 six games.
 
 Sacramento  is 0-2  on a four-game road trip, losing contests at Charlotte and
 Atlanta.  In Wednesday's 124-107 loss to the Hawks, DeMarcus Cousins scored 28
 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Rudy Gay netted 22 points and Isaiah Thomas
 ended  with 20 points  and 10 assists for Sacramento, which has lost 10 of its
 last 13 games.
 
 The Kings saw the Hawks shoot 58 percent for the game and sink 60 percent from
 3-point  range (15-of-25). Atlanta also handed out 38 assists and scored 39 of
 the 59 points in the fourth quarter.
 
 "I  don't even know where to begin," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "I guess
 I'm  not doing  a good  enough job  of giving  them a  gameplan that  they can
 execute, and I'm not doing a good enough job of explaining who are the players
 that  can  make shots. So I  have to do a  better job of communicating with my
 team,  so  they know full  well who we're playing,  who their shooters are and
 what the coverages are so we don't give up 39 points in the fourth quarter."
 
 On  a positive  note, the Kings are  averaging 104.0 ppg in the past eight and
 will  close the  trip Saturday against Orlando. They are winless in their last
 three games away from home.
 
 Meanwhile, Cousins has scored 20 or more points in 10 of his last 12 games and
 Thomas is averaging 22.2 ppg in his last six starts. Gay has posted 20 or more
 points in three of the previous four games since his trade from Toronto.
 
 12/20 10:31:57 ET

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