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PDX Sports Saturday

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jefferson's 6-11 Greyson Smallwood blocks a shot by Lake Oswego's 5-10 Tony Bruno in Friday's first round of the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High. Jeff improved to 5-0 with a 65-63 victory. Saturday, Dec. 28

Blazers

The two-time NBA champion Miami Heat visit Moda Center, 7 p.m. (KGW 8).

Miami (22-7) trails Eastern Conference leader Indiana by 1 1/2 games.

Portland (24-5) and Oklahoma City (24-5) are tied for the Western Conference lead with the best records in the league.

Portland is 12-2 at home; Miami is 8-5 on the road.

The Heat are coming off a surprising 108-103 loss Friday at Sacramento, although coach Eric Spoelstra sat Dwyane Wade (knees), Ray Allen (knee) and Chris Andersen (back) due to injuries.

And the big question is how shorthanded the Heat might be against the Blazers.

LeBron James reported that he strained his groin and aggravated a sprained left ankle during the game, in which his 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to keep Miami's six-game winning streak from coming to an end.

James is averaging 30.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists in his last 18 games against Portland.

Wade is most likely to be back Saturday of the three other Heat players who missed the Sacramento game.

  • Winterhawks

    Tri-City visits Memorial Coliseum to complete the back-to-back, home-and-away set with Portland.

    The Hawks won 3-2 in overtime Friday at Tri-City.

  • College men's basketball

    The University of Portland (8-4) launches its West Coast Conference season at home, facing San Francisco (7-5) at Chiles Center, 7 p.m. (Root Sports).

    USF leads the all-time series 26-51, but only 19-17 at UP, and the Pilots won the last meeting 78-76 at USF on Feb. 14, 2013.

    The Pilots' first five WCC games will be at home.

    Portland is coming off two wins (over Bradley and Princeton) at last week's South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The Dons have won four of their last six games, most recently beating American 77-69 on Dec. 22.

    USF was fourth in the WCC preseason coaches poll, and coach Rex Walters is 84-87 overall there going into his sixth season.

    UP was picked to finish ninth in the conference. Coach Eric Reveno is in his eighth season on The Bluff.

  • Boys basketball

    It's day two of the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High. In the winners' bracket, Jesuit will play Bishop Gorman at 4 p.m., Tigard will meet West Linn at 5:30 p.m., Whitney Young will face Churchill at 7 p.m., and Jefferson will take on Rainier Beach at 8:30 p.m. The consolation bracket has Beaverton-Timberline at 9 a.m., Central Catholic-South Eugene at 10:30 a.m., Clackamas-Sunset at noon and Lake Oswego-Grant at 1:30 p.m.

    Lincoln is in San Diego, Calif., for the Torrey Pines tournament, after a 1-1 start.

    Cleveland plays Crescent Valley at 4:15 p.m. for third place in the Wilsonville tourney, after losing 38-36 Friday to Silverton, which will take on the host Wildcats at 6 p.m. for the title.

    Madison and Benson meet in the Barlow tournament at 3:30 p.m.

    Roosevelt takes on Lakeridge at 8:15 p.m. in the Century tournament.

  • Girls basketball

    Grant, St. Mary's Academy, Jesuit and Central Catholic are at the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego. Central Catholic tackles West Albany at 11:30 a.m. Jesuit plays Union (Wash.) at 1 p.m. St. Mary's meets Clackamas, and Grant takes on Canby, both at 3:30 p.m.

    Lincoln has a 2:15 p.m. game in a tournament at Summit.

    Cleveland takes on Sherwood at 4:45 p.m. in the Century tourney.

    Roosevelt is at the Marshfield tournament, taking on Myrtle Point at 9 a.m.

    Jefferson has a 3 p.m. game at McKay.

    Parkrose plays Churchill at 7 p.m. in the Dallas tournament.

  • Prep wrestling

    Cleveland wraps up competition in the Northwest Duals at Westview.