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Monday, December 30th (All times Eastern)

Miami Heat (23-7) at Denver Nuggets (14-15), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat hope to have superstar LeBron James back on the court when they close out a four-game western road trip Monday against the struggling Denver Nuggets.

James missed his first game of the season Saturday in an exciting 108-107 win at Portland because of a strained right groin suffered in a loss to Sacramento the night before. He's also dealing with a balky ankle and leads the Heat in scoring (25.4), rebounding (6.9) and assists (6.5).

Miami needed some late-game heroics to knock off the mighty Trail Blazers, as Chris Bosh buried a 3-pointer with five-tenths of a second left to lift the two-time defending champions to their seventh win in eight tries.

"I had space and I was able to lock in to the goal the whole time," said Bosh, who pumped in a season-best 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. "It's one of those surreal moments you get every now and then. You cherish it and move on."

Dwyane Wade scored 16 points, Michael Beasley added 12 and Norris Cole chipped in 11 off the bench. Rashard Lewis netted 10 points as a reserve for the Heat, who are 2-1 on the trip, 9-5 outside of South Beach and in the midst of playing 11 of 14 games as the visitor.

While James is questionable against the Nuggets, center Chris Andersen is also questionable due to a stiff neck/upper back. James has scored in double- figures in 524 consecutive games, two shy of matching Moses Malone's mark of 526 set from Nov. 4, 1978 - March 4, 1985.

The Nuggets are mired in a season-high six-game losing streak and will begin a three-game homestand Monday versus Miami, Philadelphia and Memphis.

In a 120-99 beating at the hands of Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for the Nuggets, who were outscored by a 65-43 margin in the second half and committed 16 turnovers for 29 Memphis points.

"We gave up 30 points in the third quarter and 35 in the fourth quarter. You are not going to win any games, especially on the road, against any team giving up numbers like that," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said.

Denver has lost three in a row at home and owns a 7-6 record at the Pepsi Center. The last time the Nuggets lost seven in a row was during an eight-game slide from April 1-16, 2003.

The Nuggets lost both games with Miami last season, but are still 11-4 in the previous 15 meetings between the teams. Miami ended a 10-game losing streak in the Rockies with a 98-93 victory last Nov. 15, as James led the way with 27 points and 12 assists.

Shaw played for the Heat from 1992-94.

12/30 11:08:53 ET

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Schedule

Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta804th Qtr | Box
Indiana66ESPN, YES, TSN
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Memphis 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City ESPN, SportSouth
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
6th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
7th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
5th
TAM 10
NYY 1
 
7th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
4th
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
4th
IND 66
ATL 80
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1