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Pregame: Cavs at Heat

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 7, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (9-13) at Miami Heat (18-6)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC.
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.0 apg), F Alonzo Gee (9.0, 3.9, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (8.0, 2.9, 1.2), PF Antawn Jamison (15.1, 5.6, 1.7), C Anderson Varejao (10.8, 11.9, 1.7).
Heat probables: G Dwyane Wade (21.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.2 apg), G Mario Chalmers (11.3, 2.7, 3.9), SF LeBron James (29.2, 8.5, 6.8), PF Chris Bosh (19.7, 7.7, 2.2), C Joel Anthony (3.5, 4.2, 0.1).
Injuries: Cavs — Daniel Gibson (neck) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) out; Heat - None.
Gee is averaging 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals and shooting 48.6 percent in his last four games.
Backup point guard Ramon Sessions has handed out eight or more assists in three consecutive games. The last Cav to do that off the bench was Brevin Knight in March, 2000. In those three games, Sessions is averaging 8.7 points and 8.7 assists.
The Cavs are averaging 35.6 points off the bench, which ranks second in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the league.
On Jan. 24, the Heat defeated the Cavs 92-85 in Miami as the Heat's Chris Bosh scored 17 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter.
Last season Miami won the series 3-1.
The Heat is 46-39 all time vs. the Cavs and 30-13 in Miami.
The Heat has won 10 of its past 12 games.
A win tonight would mark the Heat's best 25-game start in franchise history. Three times it has opened 18-7. It would also be the Heat's sixth consecutive home victory.
James has scored 30 or more points in 13 games.
Wade has scored 20 or more points in a season-high four consecutive games and in five of his last six.
Miami has scored at least 50 points in the paint in eight games after reaching that figure only 11 times last season.
Bosh has turned in four 30-point games, surpassing his total of three last season.
Anthony has blocked a team-high 24 shots.
After tonight, the Heat's next six games are on the road, a stretch that concludes with a Feb. 17 game in Cleveland. (A boat show is taking over downtown Miami next week, with many streets blocked off.)
Chalmers has made three or more 3-pointers in a career-best four consecutive games. That's the longest streak for a Heat player since former Ohio State Buckeye Daequan Cook did it in seven consecutive games in December, 2008. Chalmers is hitting 61.9 percent from the field (13 for 21) in his last four games and 46.6 percent (48 for 103) for the season.
"He worked hard this summer, put a lot of work on his shot," Wade said of Chalmers. "When we worked out together, I let him know his shot looked real good. He’s brought that into the season. His confidence is sky-high. He’s going to go through a stage where he’s not going to make any many. You’ve got to stick with it and stay confident."

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