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Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 18,997
Heat look to remain hot as they visit James, Lakers
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
- On November 18, the Lakers defeated the Heat, 113-97, behind a season-high 51 points from LeBron James. The Lakers have won four of the past six matchups with the Heat, outscoring Miami by an average of 9.0 points over that span.
- The Heat have won two straight and four of five overall. Miami has made at least 10 three-pointers in eight straight games, tied with Boston for the longest-active streak in the NBA. The Heat have made 10+ three-pointers 22 times this season, tied with the Raptors for second most in the NBA (Rockets -- 23).
- The Lakers have won five of six, most recently beating the Grizzlies, 111-88. Since October 31, Los Angeles has a 14-5 (.737) record -- only the Thunder, 14-4 (.778), have a better record over that time.
- Los Angeles is currently averaging 113.3 points, while its opponents are averaging 111.1 points. The last season in which both the Lakers and their opponents averaged at least 110.0 points was during their 1984-85 championship season.
- As noted above, LeBron James scored 51 points last time out against the Heat. James' career scoring average of 28.3 against Miami is the second highest of all-time behind Michael Jordan's mark of 30.1 (minimum 20 games). James has five career 40-point games against the Heat -- the only team he has more such games against is the Bucks (six).
- Dwyane Wade went 5-for-10 from beyond the arc last game, attempting at least 10 three-pointers for just the third time in 1000 career regular season games. In 30 career head-to-head matchups, Wade and LeBron are an even 15-15 against each other, with Wade's teams winning the last four meetings.
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The Miami Heat have won four of five for the first time this season and they'll try to stay on a roll when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday.
The Heat (11-14) are coming off back-to-back double-digit road wins against the Phoenix Suns on Friday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
The Lakers (16-10) will also be playing their third game in four days after losing at the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and winning at the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Los Angeles has won five of its past six.
The Lakers beat the Heat 113-97 in Miami on Nov. 18.
Lakers forward LeBron James scored a season-high 51 points in his return to Miami, where he played four seasons, reaching the 50-point mark for the 13th time in his career.
The rematch on Monday will be the final time James and Miami guard Dwyane Wade will be on the floor together. Wade is retiring after this season.
James and Wade teamed up when James signed with the Heat in the summer of 2010. They led Miami to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning two championships before James returned to Cleveland following the 2013-14 season.
"It's bitter and it's sweet. It's sweet and sour," James told the Orange County Register. "The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. We struck up a relationship together at the Combine in 2003 and it started from there. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court."
The Lakers will be without forward Brandon Ingram for the third straight game. He sustained a sprained left ankle against the visiting Spurs on Wednesday. Ingram is third on the team in scoring at 15.2 points a game.
The Heat might also be short-handed.
Josh Richardson, the starting shooting guard for Miami and the team's leading scorer at 19.2 points a game, missed Saturday's game with a shoulder impingement. Tyler Johnson, who started in place of Richardson against the Clippers, left the game with a left hip contusion.
Goran Dragic also didn't play against the Clippers so he could rest, and Hassan Whiteside (personal reasons), Wayne Ellington (personal reasons) and Dion Waiters (ankle surgery) are not on the trip.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the win against the Clippers that he's impressed with his team's perseverance.
"When you're coaching in this league, you want to have a group like this," Spoelstra said. "When they show up for shootaround and you know that even more guys are not playing, that guys look forward to the challenge instead of trying to make an excuse and get on to the next game. So we really had to show a tremendous amount of perseverance and grit in this, and get a lot of contributions. You can't just talk about grit, guys have to actually play well and step up."
Updated December 10, 2018