(Sports Network) - Two of the NBA's elite teams meet tonight when the defending champion Miami Heat host the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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The Heat have not played since a home win Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami owns a four-game winning streak and has captured eight of its last 10.
The Heat are a perfect 6-0 at home for the first time in franchise history and their 10-3 start matched a club best. They are the second-best scoring team in the league and will be well-rested.
The Spurs will wrap up a six-game road swing with the Heat game and have gone 5-0 to this point. They are 9-1 outside of San Antonio this season and come in third in scoring in the NBA.
Something will have to give on Thursday.
This could easily be a preview of the NBA Finals, but for now, fans and players will have to settle for two great teams monopolizing the NBA's focus for a night.
"Both franchises are championship franchises, always working toward being a championship franchise, on and off the floor, each and every year," Miami's LeBron James said after practice on Wednesday. "That's definitely great to be a part of."
The Spurs defeated the Orlando Magic 110-89 on Wednesday. Gary Neal got the start for San Antonio with injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson and contributed 19 points, but it was Manu Ginobili who really carried the Spurs to victory.
Ginobili went 6-for-9 from the 3-point line and added two free throws for 20 points in a little over 23 minutes. Tim Duncan had 15 and Tony Parker chipped in 14.
"Our offense has been clicking," Parker said. "We've been sharing the ball well."
The Spurs have averaged 111.0 ppg during this trip.
The Heat aren't one of the league's premiere defensive teams, allowing 100.31 ppg. Miami has surrendered over 100 points in five of its last seven outings, but went 5-2 during that stretch.
On Saturday, the Heat had a tougher-than-expected time with the Kyrie Irving- less Cavs. Ray Allen drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds left to give them the 110-108 win.
James was his usual awesome self with 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting, six rebounds and five assists. He did have seven turnovers. Chris Bosh, who is averaging 23.7 ppg over the his last three, had 23 and Dwyane Wade helped with 18. Saturday marked the 55th time Miami's version of the Big Three went over 70 points.
The Spurs are 6-3 in their last nine against the Heat, but lost their last two trips to South Beach.
Familiar foes: Warriors, Nuggets tangle for third time
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors meet the Denver Nuggets for the third time in less than three weeks tonight at Oracle Arena.
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The Warriors are 0-2 against Denver early in this 2012-13 campaign. Golden State should be well-rested seeing as how it hasn't played since a 96-85 home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Klay Thompson led the way with 24 points and Stephen Curry shot 5-for-10 from beyond the arc for 20 points.
The highlight of the night came from rookie Harrison Barnes. His ferocious dunk over Nikola Pekovic has become an Internet sensation, but Barnes' play is what should be turning heads.
On Saturday, the North Carolina product had 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was his third double-double, tying for the lead this season among NBA rookies. The Warriors are 6-1 when Barnes scores in double-figures.
"Just a great play by him. But more importantly for him, 11 rebounds; led us in rebounds," said head coach Mark Jackson. "When you've got to be committed as a big man to box out (Nikola) Pekovic and also (Kevin) Love, you need your perimeter guys to go in there and rebound, and we outrebounded this team."
Against the Nuggets on Friday, the Warriors lost the third quarter, 31-17. That proved to be the difference for the Nuggets, who had won four straight until a 105-103 setback Monday night in Utah to the Jazz.
It was a very sloppy performance from the Nuggets on Monday. The team was assessed four technical fouls and guard/forward Andre Iguodala was ejected in the third quarter.
Foul-shooting continued to plague the Nuggets. In a critical sequence on Monday, with Utah up two, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was T'd up and Danilo Gallinari missed the freebie. Then, Kosta Koufos missed both free throws attempts.
"I mean I can't really say much, it's basketball," said Kenneth Faried. "A team at home, of course the crowd got behind them, and we didn't have the composure that we should have as a team."
The Nuggets shot 56.3 percent from the foul line against the Jazz and are dead last in the NBA at 66 percent.
But Denver has handled Golden State so far. The Nuggets earned a 107-101 double-overtime victory on the road on Nov. 10, then came back 13 days later and beat the Warriors 102-91 at the Pepsi Center.
"It's like playing a playoff series, almost, when you play them three times in a few weeks," Nuggets coach George Karl. "They're in good place. They've had a good run so far and we've had two good wins against them. We just have to go into the game and battle them."
Denver is 4-2 in its last six at Golden State.