Nov. 17, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is guarded by the Phoenix Suns forward P.J.2 Tucker (17) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Heat defeated the Suns 97-88. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns, 7:30 p.m. Monday

Lead: In an effort to extend its six-game win streak, the Miami Heat will host the rebuilt Phoenix Suns.

When, Where and How: Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET at the AmericanAirlines Arena on SunSports.

Scouting Report: Under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix exploded out of the gate with a 5-2 record before reverting back to the mean and losing four straight.

Guard Eric Bledsoe was acquired over the offseason in order to give the Suns a flare in the back court. So far, he has delivered scoring 20.4 points per game to go along with 6.8 assists. He is also averaging 1.8 steals per game.  Third-year forward Markieff Morris has also been a factor for the Suns, averaging career bests of nearly 12 points and six rebounds per game.

The Suns are an athletic team that can and will stretch the floor with Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee as their bigs. Overall, they have been a fun team to watch this season and have been better than expected with Hornacek showing his knowledge and talent for getting his players in position to succeed, evidenced by many players achieving career bests so far this season.

Game Notes

  • The Heat are 2-0 against the Western Conference this season
  • The game is the second part of a back-to-back for the Suns.
  • Center Emeka Okafor is out, with guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) and Alex Len (ankle) questionable for the game
  • Heat forward Michael Beasley was waived by the Suns late this summer
  • The Big Three have never lost (5-0) to the Suns since meeting up in Miami

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