NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, December 5th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Heat (14-4) at Chicago Bulls (7-9), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will exit the comfy confines of home when
they embark on a four-game road trip, starting with Thursday's matchup against
the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Miami had its season-high 10-game winning streak come to an end with Tuesday's
107-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons and played without guard Dwyane Wade
because of sore knees. LeBron James once again led the Heat with 23 points to
go along with six assists and five rebounds.
James has scored in double figures in 513 consecutive games. Moses Malone is
next on the list at 526 games from Oct. 4, 1978 - March 4, 1985.
Michael Beasley added 23 points off the bench and Chris Bosh registered 14 for
the Heat, who were down 28-18 after the first quarter and trailed by as many
as 17 in the fourth quarter. The Heat trimmed the Pistons' lead to 91-88, but
would get no closer the rest of the way.
Detroit scored 29 points off 19 Miami turnovers and held the Heat to 43.9
The Heat will try to extend their road winning streak to six games Thursday
and are 5-2 as the guest. Miami will also make stops in Minnesota, Detroit and
Meanwhile, Wade is probable against the Bulls and is averaging 18.5 points,
5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season. Wade has scored 20-plus points in
four of his previous five games.
Chicago opened its four-game homestand with Monday's 131-128 triple-overtime
loss to the New Orleans Pelicans after going 1-5 on its previous road trip.
The Bulls were outscored, 9-6, in the third extra period and suffered their
first home loss of the season (5-1). Luol Deng did all he could to propel the
Bulls to victory with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Deng has
tallied five straight games with 20 or more points, averaging 27.4 points per
game in that stretch.
Taj Gibson posted a career-best 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Mike
Dunleavy netted 23 points. Chicago was coming off a late loss at Cleveland and
is just 1-6 in the past seven games overall.
"We are just one play away the last two games, but the games are there for
us," Gibson told NBA.com.
Joakim Noah ended with 19 points and 10 rebounds versus the Pelicans and Kirk
Hinrich chipped in 13 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for his first
double-double of the season. Hinrich, of course, is seeing more action with
star guard Derrick Rose expected to miss the rest of the season after
undergoing another knee surgery.
Rose is scheduled to address the media for the first time since his season-
ending surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee after
The Bulls, who are allowing just 94.6 ppg, still have Detroit and Milwaukee
slated to visit the United Center, and suffered a 107-95 loss at Miami on Oct.
29. James had 17 points to lead seven players in double figures and Carlos
Boozer scored a game-high 31 points to pace the Bulls, who have dropped four
of six games against Miami.
Miami has lost 10 of 13 trips to the Windy City.
12/05 10:27:44 ET