Miami Heat vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Tip-off: Monday, March 4, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tonight LeBron James will try to extend his dominance away from home against the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves as Miami goes for a team-record 15th straight victory.
The Heat (43-14) will try to pull away atop the Eastern Conference, holding sizable advantages on fellow division leaders Indiana Pacers and New York Nicks.
Miami is trying to send a message to the entire NBA during their surge, averaging 107.7 points and shooting 51.6 percent while reeling off 14 victories in a row to match the club mark set from Dec. 6, 2004-Jan. 1, 2005.
The run includes victories over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers and reigning West champion Oklahoma City Thunders. The Heat managed to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat New York 99-93 on Sunday after losing the previous two basketball games, each by 20 points.
Oddsmakers are quite sure that the next couple of games won’t be a challenge for Miami. After visiting the Timberwolves (20-36), the Heat host the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers before facing Indiana next Sunday.
Miami has averaged 108.6 points while winning five straight over Minnesota, including three visits to Minneapolis. They beat the Wolves 103-92 at home on Dec. 18.
James likes to play at the Target Center, averaging 32.6 points on 54.8 percent shooting while winning his last seven games there — two with the Heat. Overall, he has led his NBA teams to 13 wins in a row over the Timberwolves.
Among the NBA leaders with 27.1 points per game, James scored 29 with 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals while shaking off a knee injury to rally the Heat versus New York for a sixth straight road victory.