Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Slumping Sonics travel to South Beach

(Sports Network) – The surging Miami Heat open a brief two-game homestand
tonight when they host the Seattle SuperSonics at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In Miami’s last game on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, Jason Williams
tied a season-high with 24 points and added five assists en route to a 103-83
win over the New York Knicks.

Dwyane Wade netted 24 points and added seven rebounds and five assists, as the
Heat won their fourth straight game and for the ninth time in 11 contests.

Miami, the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, has won four
straight and six of its last eight in New York.

Now the Heat will return home, where they have won five in a row and own a
19-6 mark on the season.

The SuperSonics, meanwhile, have dropped 10 of their last 13 games, including
Friday’s 102-89 loss in Orlando.

Damien Wilkins led Seattle with 21 points and six assists for the Sonics, who
played without star Ray Allen. Allen was out with the flu and is expected to
play Saturday night in South Beach.

Miami has won three of the last five meetings with Seattle, including a
117-104 victory in the Emerald City on January 13.

The Sonics have dropped four of their last six trips to Miami.