The Miami Heat are playing well heading into the All-Star break. Miami has won its last five games and 10 of its last 12 contests. The Heat's record stands at 34-14, two-and-a-half games ahead of New York for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Heat will look to continue rolling tonight against the Portland Trail-Blazers at 7:30 and head into the team's marquee matchup Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder with some momentum.
Miami has defeated three Western Conference teams recently -- the Houston Rockets and both Los Angeles teams. The Blazers currently stand between the Rockets and the Lakers in the standings, occupying the ninth seed. Portland is looking for a playoff berth in a post-Brandon Roy era and will play hard, but the Heat players surely remember these teams' first meeting. Miami held a lead for most of the night Jan. 10 in Portland and was up 80-68 with eight minutes remaining. But Wesley Matthews' back-to-back 3s in the final minute -- and Mario Chalmers' miss from at the buzzer to win -- gave the Blazers the come-from-behind victory. LeBron James shot just 6-of-16 that night and failed to score 20 points that night, and we'll have to see if the three-time MVP's streak of otherworldly shooting continues.
Heat look to keep rolling, host Portland
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