(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat are back in the comforts of home and are
scheduled play the next five games at AmericanAirlines Arena, where they will
kick off the stand Monday versus the Southeast rival Charlotte Bobcats.
Miami went 2-2 on a recent trip which concluded with Sunday's 100-85 triumph
at Toronto. LeBron James, fourth in the NBA with 26.6 ppg, pumped in 30 and
also added eight rebounds and seven assists.
Chris Bosh chipped in 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 23 points, five rebounds,
five assists and three steals for the defending champions, who bounced back
from Friday's 102-89 setback at Indiana.
"Everyone did a good job protecting the rim, protecting the paint," said Heat
coach Erik Spoelstra.
The Heat, who have won six of eight games overall, look to extend their home
winning streak to four games and own an 18-3 mark as the host. The Rockets,
Clippers, Lakers and Trail Blazers will all pay a visit to south Florida in
the near future.
Charlotte will resume a five-game road trip (0-3) and dropped a 109-95
decision against Houston Saturday. Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Ramon
Sessions added 20 points and six assists for the Bobcats, who have lost three
in a row, six of seven and 11 of their last 13 games.
The Bobcats gave up 30-plus points in the first, second and fourth quarters,
and fell to 5-17 away from home.
"On the boards it felt like they kind of got to us," Sessions said. "We were
going small and trying to get them on the offensive end. We gave ourselves a
chance. Teams like Houston, you have to jump on them early. I think we gave
them the lead early in the first quarter and never got back to the way we
It was a scary moment in the fourth quarter when Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-
Gilchrist left the game with what was later determined a concussion. He was
hit in the head and neck area from behind by the hip of teammate Jeff Taylor
on a block attempt, and remained on the ground for several minutes before
being removed from the court on a stretcher. The second overall pick of last
year's draft was then was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
The Bobcats released a statement after the game and said Kidd-Gilchrist was
alert and had movement in all extremities. He underwent precautionary X-rays
and a CT scan, all of which were negative for head and neck injuries. MKG is
out for Monday's game, according to the team's game notes.
Bobcats forward Byron Mullens (sprained left ankle) is a game-time decision.
Charlotte will close out the journey Wednesday at Cleveland. The Bobcats could
be in for a long night in Miami and is 29th in defense, allowing 103.04 ppg.
Miami is fifth in scoring with 102.3 ppg and won the first matchup with
Charlotte, 105-92, on Dec. 26 in Charlotte. The Heat have won nine in a row
and are 22-10 in the all-time series.
The Bobcats have lost five straight, eight of nine and 13 of the 16 meetings
in Miami. These two division foes will meet again March 24 and April 5.
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