Heat host Southeast Division-rival Washington
(Sports Network) – The top two teams in the Southeast Division battle
tonight, as the division-leading Washington Wizards visit the second place
Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Wizards own a two game lead over the defending world champion Heat in the
This is the third of four contests between the clubs this season. The teams
split a pair of games at the Verizon Center.
Washington has lost six straight and eight of its last nine at Miami. The HEat
have won 13 of the last 14 contests in the series.
The Heat are scheduled to host the Wizards on April 11th.
The Wizards play the first of a two-game road trip. On Saturday, Steve Francis
scored 26 points, including the game-winning three at the buzzer as the New
York Knicks stunned Washington, 90-89, at the Verizon Center.
All-Star Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points in the loss to New York for the
Wizards, while Antawn Jamison netted 18 for Washington, which has lost two in
a row since a three-game winning streak.
Washington, which has dropped four in a row as the visitor, is 10-18 on the
road this season. The Wizards are scheduled to visit the Indiana Pacers on
Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Miami plays the fifth of a six-game homestand and tries to remain perfect on
the stand. On Friday, Shaquille O’Neal scored a season-high 32 points
and pulled down nine rebounds as the Heat defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves,
105-91, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Jason Williams added 20 points and six assists in the win over Minnesota for
the Heat, who have won five straight games overall and 11 in a row at home.
Eddie Jones scored 15 points and Alonzo Mourning netted 14 in the victory.
Shaq is averaging 25.3 points and 10.5 rebounds on the current homestand.
The Heat are 20-10 at home this season. They will host Deron Williams and the
Utah Jazz on Tuesday in the finale of the homestand.
Miami’s last loss at home was on January 21st to the NBA-best Dallas