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Sunday, December 1st (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (8-9) at Miami Heat (13-3), 6 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat are riding the longest current winning streak in the NBA at nine games and will try to keep it going when they return home to face the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Heat won both of its recent road games in Cleveland and Toronto, and recorded a 90-83 triumph over the Raptors Friday at Air Canada Centre, where LeBron James collected 27 points, six rebounds and three assists. Dwyane Wade was the only other Heat player in double digits, finishing with 22 points.

"We got to have these type of games throughout the course of the season," James said of the game. "The games that will challenge you and tonight was a great example of how together we are. We've been in this situation and were able to handle it."

James has scored in double-figures in 511 consecutive games.

Ray Allen and Michael Beasley scored seven points apiece for the 13-3 Heat, who scored 26 points off 21 Toronto turnovers and led by as many as 20 midway through the third quarter.

The Raptors got no closer than four points with about five minutes to go.

Miami will also welcome Detroit to town and is 8-1 at AmericanAirlines Arena, where it has ripped off five straight victories.

Charlotte ended a two-game slide with Friday's 92-76 win over the Milwaukee Bucks to close out a three-game homestand.

Al Jefferson had 23 points and 12 rebounds -- both season highs --, Gerald Henderson netted 19 points and Ramon Sessions added 11 points off the bench.

"Every game, I'm getting better and better with the way I feel and the way I'm playing. Milwaukee is a heck of a team, they've got great shooters and they were hanging around in the fourth (quarter)," said Jefferson. "I did want to take it upon myself to go on and seal the game and walk away with the win, and I got hot."

Jefferson is averaging 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last four games.

The Bobcats, who pulled down a season-high 54 rebounds, got 10 points, but six turnovers from Kemba Walker, while Bismack Biyombo chipped in seven points and 14 rebounds. Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is probable for Sunday and averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Charlotte hopes to slow down James and the Heat, and is allowing 91.4 points per game, which is one of the lowest in the NBA. Last season the Bobcats permitted 102.7 ppg.

The Bobcats are 4-3 on the road this season, leaving them two wins shy of last season's total of six road wins, and dropped a 97-81 home decision to the Heat on Nov. 16. Miami has won 13 in a row and 26 of the 36 matchups with Charlotte, which has lost seven straight and 15 of the 18 all-time meetings in south Florida.

The Bobcats will visit Dallas on Tuesday.

12/01 10:27:03 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 45
UCONN 32
 
3rd
CHI 52
NYK 47
 
2nd
HOU 39
NOP 41
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 71
IDST 65
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 57
APP 53
 
2nd
MISS 54
CCAR 53
 
2nd
DUKE 45
UCONN 32
 
2nd
BRAD 60
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 43
 
2nd
JST 50
SMISS 26
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 28
LSU 20
 
1st
EVAN 22
OHIO 21
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
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ORST
DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
1st OT
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 4
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 10