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George and the Thunder face the Heat

March 18, 2019

Miami Heat (33-36, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (42-28, fifth in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Paul George leads Oklahoma City into a matchup with Miami. He currently ranks second in the NBA scoring 28.3 points per game.

The Thunder have gone 23-10 at home. Oklahoma City is the NBA leader with 12.3 offensive rebounds per game, led by Steven Adams averaging 4.8.

The Heat are 16-16 in road games. Miami ranks eighth in the NBA with 46.3 rebounds per game, led by Hassan Whiteside averaging 12.0. The Thunder won the last meeting between these two squads 118-102 on Feb. 1. George led Oklahoma City to the win with a 43-point performance.

TOP PERFORMERS: George is scoring 28.3 points per game and averaging 8.2 rebounds for the Thunder. Dennis Schroder has averaged 14.5 points and added 4.4 rebounds while shooting 37.1 percent over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

Justise Winslow leads the Heat averaging 4.3 assists while scoring 12.7 points per game. Dion Waiters has averaged 2.1 made 3-pointers and scored 9.7 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 109.5 points, 46.2 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.8 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting.

Thunder: 4-6, averaging 106.4 points, 49.2 rebounds, 19.9 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting.

Thunder Injuries: Andre Roberson: out (knee).

Heat Injuries: Justise Winslow: out (thigh).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.