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Miami Heat hosts Indiana Pacers in matchup of East’s top teams


Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, scored 17 points in the team’s first meeting with the Indiana Pacers this season. Roy Hibbert, right, scored 24 to lead the Pacers to a 90-84 victory.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Miami Heat’s LeBron James is a game-time decision for Wednesday night’s matchup – the second of four – against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.

The Heat forward sprained his ankle in Monday’s victory against the Utah Jazz and did not participate in Wednesday’s shootaround, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports.

Windhorst also reports that Miami forward Michael Beasley, who has missed five games with a strained left hamstring, and center Greg Oden are not expected to play.

For the Pacers, Coach Frank Vogel is questionable to be on the sideline due to an illness, according to ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Indiana (20-4) won its first meeting with Miami (18-6) last week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, behind center Roy Hibbert’s 24 points. James was limited to 17 points in the game, the only time this month he did not score more than 20 points.

The Pacers have won four of the last five regular season matchups, but haven’t won in Miami since Nov. 2010. The teams won’t meet again until March.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. EST
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
TV: ESPN

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.
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