Tonight in the NBA: Heat take on Lakers

Tonight in the NBA: Heat take on Lakers
February 10, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The Sixers (22-27) are off today after an 87-76 victory over the Bobcats (11-39) to give them a 5-2 record in their eight-game homestand (see Instant Replay).

Lavoy Allen recorded a double-double, putting up 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds (see story).

With the Sixers taking a day off before their game against the Clippers on Monday, here are some other NBA games to watch for:

Lakers (24-27) at Heat (33-14), 3:30 p.m.

The last time these two rival teams met ,on Jan. 17, the Heat came away with a 99-90 victory. In that game, LeBron James scored 39 points and Dwyane Wade added 27, whereas the Lakers points’ leader was Kobe Bryant with 22.

Miami is on a four-game winning streak with James averaging 30.8 points and shooting 72.9 percent during that stretch.

The Lakers, however, are currently on a seven-game road trip in which they are 4-2 and are looking to close it out with a victory.

Clippers (35-17) at Knicks (32-16), 1 p.m.

This will be the first meeting of these two top NBA teams. The Clippers have gone 3-8 recently but finally got stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back on Friday. Paul missed nine games with a bruised right kneecap and Griffin missed two games with a strained left hamstring.

Following their game against the Timberwolves, the Clippers were forced to stay the night in Minnesota because of the snowstorm that blanketed the Northeast. The same happened to New York, which was forced to stay the night in Miami on Friday.

Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23), 6 p.m.

Denver and Boston will play for the first time this season tonight at the TD Bank Garden. Both teams are on winning streaks and are looking to continue the trend.  

The Celtics have won six straight since losing star point guard Rajon Rondo on Jan. 27 to a torn ACL. The Nuggets have won nine straight. The last time the Nuggets went on a 10-game win streak was in 2005 from Mar. 30-Apr. 15.

Boston’s Paul Pierce has averaged 27.8 points in his last 13 home games against Denver.

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