Miami head to Charlotte after defeating Thunder

26 December 2012 12:28:29 EST
Heat star LeBron James.

The Miami Heat takes a five game wining streak into the Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday when they face the Charlotte Bobcats.

Tuesday LeBron James had 19 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead the way for the Heat who also had Mario Chalmers step up and connect for 8-of-14 from the floor as part of a 20 point output at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in the 103-97 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant dropped in a game-leading 33 points for the visitors while Russell Westbrook was excellent in his usual complimentary role. However even 15 points each from Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin, the latter off the bench, could not overcome dismal days from starters Thabo Sefolosha, who failed to score, and Kendrick Perkins who had just four to his name.

The Bobcats were easily routed 110-88 by the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Saturday to complete a miserable four-game Western Conference road swing in which Charlotte almost edged the Los Angeles Lakers in the opener, but ultimately lost by an average of 14 points per contest over the four-game stretch. Kemba Walker leads the Bobcats with slightly over 18 points per contest as they finish out the calendar year with games in Brooklyn and Chicago along with the visit of the New Orleans Hornets.

Down in Atlanta the Hawks will look to keep close to the Heat when the Detroit Pistons come into town. Atlanta are three games back in the Southeast Division after Miami's win on Christmas Day, but the Hawks remain third in the Eastern Conference, trailing the New York Knicks as well, but ahead of the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls.

Miami are 10/11 to win in the points spread (-10), while the Bobcats (+10) can be backed at 10/11.

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