Saturday , Dec , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Team Report – December 6

=== Miami Heat Team Report – December 6 ===

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat will try and get back on the winning track
tonight when they host the defending champion San Antonio Spurs at
AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami enters tonight’s contest on a down note after falling to the
Philadelphia 76ers, 93-90, on Friday. Lamar Odom had 19 points and 12
rebounds, while Eddie Jones contributed 20 points, despite missing his first
10 shots. Rookie Dwyane Wade finished with 21 points for the Heat, who lost
for the sixth time in eight games.

Miami, which had trailed by as many as 19 in the third quarter, pulled within
two with six minutes to play on a Wade layup, which capped an 8-0 run and made
it 82-80.

But Philadelphia answered with an Allen Iverson three-pointer, and was able to
keep Miami at arm’s length until there was less than a minute to go. Brian
Grant’s putback of a Jones miss pulled the Heat to within one at 91-90 with 39
seconds remaining.

However, Iverson followed with another big basket, and Miami’s final three
possessions resulted in a missed layup by Odom, a turnover by Grant and a
three-point miss by Odom as time expired.

The Heat, who will be playing the second leg of a four-game homestand tonight,
are 4-3 in South Florida this season and have own four of their last five in
their arena.

San Antonio defeated the Heat earlier in the year and has won four straight in
the series. The Spurs, though, have lost five of their last seven in Miami.