Tuesday , Dec , 09 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Heat hope to get back on track against Suns

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat try and halt a three-game losing
streak tonight when they welcome the Phoenix Suns to AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami’s latest setback came on Saturday, as it found itself on the wrong end
of an 86-70 decision against the San Antonio Spurs. Lamar Odom posted 17
points for the Heat, who have dropped seven of their last nine contests.

The 70 points matched a season-low for Miami, which also produced 70 against
Houston back on November 11. At 84.4 points-per-game, the Heat are the second-
lowest scoring team in the league and are shooting a league-worst 40.1 percent
from the field.

Miami, which is 1-9 versus the Western Conference, will wrap up a four-game
stretch in South Florida on Friday against Memphis. The Heat are 4-4 at home
this season.

Phoenix, meanwhile, dropped its second straight game on Monday, as it blew a
22-point lead in helping end Orlando’s 19-game losing streak with a 105-98
setback.

The Suns, who lost for the fifth time in six tries, were led by Shawn Marion’s
game-high 29 points and 17 rebounds. Penny Hardaway also had season highs with
22 points and eight assists.

Phoenix also learned earlier in the day on Monday that it will be without
second-year forward Amare Stoudemire for up to four weeks with a sprained
ankle.

The Suns, who will be wrapping up a four-game road trip tonight, are 2-6 away
from home this season.

Phoenix edged the Heat earlier in the season and has won seven of the last 11
matchups. The Suns, though, have lost two straight in Miami and have been held
without a win in three of four and four of their last six trips to South
Florida.

PHO MIA