Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

There’s no place like South Beach

(Sports Network) – South Beach provides hot weather, excellent dining, pretty
girls and the Miami Heat.

And the Heat, not the temperature, are what the locals and NBA pundits have
been talking about for some time.

Miami will go for its 11th straight win Friday night when it resumes a five-
game homestand against the Golden State Warriors. The Heat, who have won 15 of
their last 17 games to improve to 20 games over .500, are trying to eclipse
last season’s 14-game win streak.

In the opener of the homestand on Wednesday, the Heat notched a 118-112 win
over the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena.

Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence due to a sprained wrist and
scorched the Wizards for 40 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 21 seconds
remaining in the game.

Jason Williams added 21 points, while Shaquille O’Neal had 19 along with 11
rebounds for the sizzling Heat.

Miami, seeded No. 2 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, has won nine
straight at home and is 23-6 as the host in 2005-06. Miami’s longest home win
streak was 18 games set in 2004-05.

Golden State, meanwhile, has lost 10 in a row in South Beach.