NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, December 27th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Heat (22-6) at Sacramento Kings (8-19), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will put their six-game winning streak on
the line Friday night as their west-coast trip sends them to Sleep Train Arena
to face the Sacramento Kings.
The Heat's streak reached six with a 101-96 Christmas night victory over the
Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade provided plenty of
entertainment for families all over the world.
The first Wade and James connection came with just under four minutes to go in
the opening frame. Wade threw a no-look pass over his head to a sprinting
James, who emphatically slammed it home with his right hand.
The second dunk was even more extraordinary.
Wade dribbled past a pair of Lakers in transition and tossed a one-handed pass
off the right side of the backboard. James finished the alley-oop by catching
it with his weaker left hand and slamming it through while ducking his head
out of harm's way.
It was an incredible display from Miami's two best players.
Wade had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while James finished with
19 points and eight boards for Miami, which has won 19 consecutive regular-
season games against Western Conference opponents. The Heat are one win away
from matching the 1973 Boston Celtics' record 20-game winning streak against
Western Conference counterparts.
Chris Bosh had 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Ray Allen added 12 off the
Miami travels to Portland for a huge matchup Saturday night, then finishes the
trip in Denver on Monday.
The Kings returned home after a 1-3 road trip to fall to the New Orleans
Pelicans, 113-100 on Monday.
In his return to Sacramento, Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 12 assists -- both
"I just wanted to go out there and play hard," said Evans, who spent the first
four seasons of his career with the Kings. "We had a long road trip and I
wanted to be aggressive and be able to push it up court."
DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas
finished with 21 points, while Marcus Thornton had 19 off the bench. Rudy Gay
chipped in 11 on 2-for-12 shooting.
Starters Jason Thompson and Ben McLemore combined for three points.
The Heat have won 10 straight against the Kings, including four straight and
seven of eight in Sacramento.
12/27 10:25:52 ET