banner

NBA

more stats

NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, March 18th (All times Eastern)

Miami Heat (45-19) at Cleveland Cavaliers (26-41), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - It's always big news when LeBron James returns to Cleveland, but the headlines belong to the Cavaliers when they host James and the Miami Heat Tuesday night.

All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving will miss at least two weeks with a left biceps injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. It could be longer, but this is the initial plan.

Irving collided with Blake Griffin in Sunday's 102-80 drubbing, which ended a two-game winning streak for the Cavs. They opened a three-game western swing with wins over Phoenix and Golden State, but the smoking-hot Clippers halted that run.

After Irving left late in the first quarter against the Clips, the rout was in full effect. The lead was 17-3 midway through the first and swelled to 21 in the third quarter before LA secured its 11th consecutive victory.

"We just can't come out and start games like that," said Jarrett Jack. "We just had a lull period for almost a quarter and a half where we didn't go out there and compete. When we did, the game started to kind of turn in our favor. But fighting an uphill battle against a team like that is a very tough task."

Luol Deng led the way with 23 points, followed by 15 from Dion Waiters. Spencer Hawes chipped in 14 points before he was ejected in the fourth quarter and Jack rounded out the double-figure scorers with 12.

Cleveland won't have an easier time after the Heat leave town. Oklahoma City and Houston come in on this residency as the Cavs trail the Atlanta Hawks by five games for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff seed.

The Heat snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday with a 113-104 home win over the Houston Rockets. It was sweet revenge for Miami, which fell in Houston on March 4.

Despite the victory, the Heat are still not playing their best basketball of the season. They've dropped five of their last seven and trail the Indiana Pacers by 3 1/2 games for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Ray Allen scored a season-high 25 points to help the Heat to victory over the Rockets Sunday. Houston led with 4:26 to go, but Allen sparked the winning run with a layup to take the lead and a 3-pointer to put the Rockets out of reach.

"Ray is awesome, the guy just doesn't need much time or space. He has been huge for us," Dwyane Wade said.

Allen also moved up the NBA scoring list by passing Allen Iverson (24,368) by two points to move into 21st place.

James and Wade each notched 24 points for the Heat, who visit the Boston Celtics on this short trip. Wade added seven assists in the win and Chris Bosh scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Heat have won both matchups this season with Cleveland and are 12-1 against the Cavs since James bolted in the summer of 2010. Miami has won seven straight as the host in this series.

03/18 10:21:43 ET

Other Stories

  • CBB: Georgetown at St. John's

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: UNC at Miami

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Kentucky

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Folds of Honor 500 in Atlanta

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NBA: Golden State at Cleveland

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitols

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Boston College

    Saturday at 6:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
NBA
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
OKC
Final
KNST 53
NKENTUCKY 78
 
1st
CITA 2
ETST 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
GWEBB
CSOU
 
7:00pm Tonight
VMI
CHAT
 
7:00pm Tonight
BRY
CCST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PBY
CCAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
DREX
DEL
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCA
HIGH
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
HOU
7:00pm Tonight
EKENT
JVST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WRST
UWMIL
 
7:00pm Tonight
MSU
MINN
7:00pm Tonight
RFLSH
MNTER
 
7:00pm Tonight
OSU
NEB
7:00pm Tonight
MAST
NEOM
 
7:00pm Tonight
ELON
NE
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIB
RAD
 
7:00pm Tonight
FD
SHU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCG
SAMF
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIU
Terriers
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
VANDY
7:00pm Tonight
RMU
WAGN
 
7:00pm Tonight
FUR
WCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
IUPUI
WILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAMP
WINT
 
7:00pm Tonight
MERC
WOFF
 
7:30pm Tonight
APP
GSOUT
 
8:00pm Tonight
UNT
CHAR
8:00pm Tonight
MURST
EILL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MARS
FIU
8:00pm Tonight
WKENT
FATL
8:00pm Tonight
ILLCH
UWGB
 
8:00pm Tonight
ORU
NDST
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDAK
NARZ
 
8:00pm Tonight
RICE
ODU
8:00pm Tonight
MON
RIDE
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
SIUE
 
8:00pm Tonight
LATU
UTEP
8:00pm Tonight
SMISS
TXSA
8:00pm Tonight
TENST
TENNM
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHIST
GRCN
 
8:05pm Tonight
SALA
LAMON
 
8:05pm Tonight
UMKC
WLVRN
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARKLR
UGST
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARKST
TXARL
 
8:30pm Tonight
TXST
TROY
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
ARZ
9:00pm Tonight
PURD
RUTG
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
SMU
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
SUTAH
 
9:00pm Tonight
MORE
TENT
 
9:05pm Tonight
EWASH
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
BYU
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
CSFU
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
MONT
 
10:00pm Tonight
SCU
PAC
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCSB
UCD
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
UCI
 
10:30pm Tonight
UTAH
ARST
11:00pm Tonight
STAN
ORST
11:00pm Tonight
GONZ
SDU
11:00pm Tonight
USF
GAELS
 
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
LBSU
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
ARI
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
MON
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
VAN
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
STL
8:30pm Tonight
NAS
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
DET
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
OTT