Monday , Jan , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Team Report – January 24

=== Miami Heat Team Report – January 24 ===

(Sports Network) – The Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat take their show
on the road this evening, when they tangle with the Atlantic Division-leading
Philadelphia 76ers in the first of a three-game road trip at the Wachovia

Miami has won two of its last three contests after posting a 97-68 thrashing
of the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Sunday at American Airlines Arena. Dwyane
Wade scored 18 points and four other Miami players finished in double-figures
in the win.

Damon Jones, Michael Doleac and Keyon Dooling each recorded 13 points for the
Heat, who led 37-13 after one quarter and cruised to victory. Shaquille O’Neal
compiled 12 points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes. O’Neal was limited
to 23 minutes so that he could rest his aching knee.

The Heat were burning up the nets, hitting 50 percent of their shots from the
field. Miami also drained 6-of-16 (.375) from three-point range and 11-of-12
(.917) from the free throw line.

Eddie Jones left the game in the third quarter with back spasms. Jones is
listed as questionable for this evening’s game.

Miami’s current 30-12 record matches the franchise’s best mark after 42 games
set in 1996-97. The Heat, however, have lost three of their last four road
games. For the year, Miami owns a 14-7 mark in foreign buildings.

Miami won the first meeting of the year between these teams, 93-83, at
American Airlines Arena on Nov. 21. The Heat have won two straight after
losing the previous seven meetings in the set. Miami has lost four straight
and eight of its last nine in Philadelphia.