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Tuesday, January 7th
(All times Eastern)
New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) at Miami Heat (26-8), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will try for three consecutive victories
Tuesday night when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to AmericanAirlines
After a home setback on Thursday to the Golden State Warriors, the Heat have
won two straight. They knocked off the Magic in Orlando, then topped the
Toronto Raptors, 102-97, on Sunday.
LeBron James netted 30 points and put the game away at the foul line. Michael
Beasley scored 17 points off the bench for the Heat, winners in four of five,
while Dwyane Wade added 14 and nine rebounds as he played in the second tilt
of a back-to-back for the first time since Nov. 16.
"The first half, there were some stretches we weren't playing hard enough
defensively. They were able to shake free for some open ones," Heat coach Erik
Spoelstra said. "In the third quarter, we were playing much more competitive
and they were making them, which was tough. But I like that we stayed with it
Chris Bosh had 11 rebounds to go with eight points. Mario Chalmers did not
play in the second half with tendinitis in his right Achilles and is listed as
questionable for Tuesday. Shane Battier missed the game against Toronto and is
doubtful with a left quad strain.
After Tuesday's tilt, the Heat hit the road for six straight.
The Pelicans have alternated wins and losses over their last six. Tuesday's
contest will end a four-game road trip and the Pelicans are 1-2 on the
They fell in Minnesota on New Year's Day, then dispatched the Boston Celtics
by three. On Saturday night, New Orleans got clobbered by the Indiana Pacers,
Playing without leading scorer Ryan Anderson, New Orleans managed just 33
points over the final two quarters and saw an early 14-point lead evaporate.
Anderson was not with the team after spending the night in a Boston hospital
after suffering a cervical stinger during Friday's win over the Celtics.
Eric Gordon finished with 21 points in the loss, with Alexis Ajinca adding 17
points and Tyreke Evans 12 for the Pelicans.
"I think (the Pacers) picked up their energy a little bit," said Pelicans head
coach Monty Williams. "It was a lesson for our guys. They just picked up and
we did not."
The Heat have won four straight over the Pelicans and four in a row in their
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