Magic try to extend winning streak vs. Heat
(Sports Network) – The streaking Orlando Magic try to extend their winning
streak against the Miami Heat tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami is No. 2 in the Eastern Conference playoff race and owns a 3 1/2 game
lead over the third-seeded New Jersey Nets.
On Saturday, Shaquille O’Neal posted 27 points and 10 rebounds and Derek
Anderson netted 20 to lead Miami over the Washington Wizards, 99-86, at the
Gary Payton ended with 13 points and eight assists, while Udonis Haslem also
scored 13 and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win over Washington for the Heat.
Dwyane Wade totaled 11 points and also dished out eight assists for Miami,
which has won two of its last three games overall.
The Heat, who play the first of a four-game homestand, are 29-8 at home this
season. They will also host Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago on the current
Orlando has won three straight games. On Friday, Jameer Nelson scored the
final four points of the contest, including a fadeaway jump shot over Tayshaun
Prince with just 6.5 seconds remaining, to give the Magic a thrilling 89-87
victory over the Detroit Pistons at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 26 points in the win over Detroit, but was
helped off the court at the end of regulation after falling awkwardly going
after a rebound. He is questionable for tonight’s contest.
The Magic are just 8-30 on the road this season.
Miami is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. On Saturday,
The Heat are an impressive 29-8 at home this season.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. The
teams split a pair of games at TD Waterhouse Centre, while the Heat beat the
Magic, 107-93, on February 14th at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Orlando has lost five straight after winning its last two at Miami.