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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Heat's Chris Andersen leaves game versus Lakers with back stiffness

By on 12/26/2013 06:29:00 PM

The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas night by the score of 101-95. It was their sixth consecutive victory to improve their record to 22-6.  They are first in the Southeast Division and a game behind the Indiana Pacers for first in the Eastern Conference.  Veteran power forward Chris Andersen left the game after only eight minutes of action.

Ethan J. Skolnick, who covers the Miami Heat for Turner Sports, tweeted the following about Andersen,

Andersen had only two points and a rebound before leaving the game. Udonis Haslem played nine minutes and had two points, a rebound and an assist. But he also had three personal fouls and was relatively ineffective.  Rashard Lewis, who was the only other power forward off the bench, had only three points, on 1-of-5 shooting from the floor.

Andersen is in his 12th season out of Blinn College. In 27 games this season, he is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  In 551 career games, Andersen is averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, in nearly 18 minutes per game.  He is currently listed as day-to-day, so there is uncertainty about his return on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.


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