Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Heat hope to avoid getting burned by Magic

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat shoot for their 10th straight win tonight
when they host the Orlando Magic at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat’s winning burst has moved them to just a half game back of Washington
for the lead in the Southeast Division. Miami extended its winning ways on
Friday when the club knocked off Sacramento, 103-97, behind 23 points by
Shaquille O’Neal.

Jason Williams added 19 points and five assists for the Heat, who won for the
14th consecutive time at home as well. Eddie Jones also chipped in with 19
points and James Posey finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Some bad news did come out of the game though, as Heat guard Gary Payton
aggravated a groin injury in the second quarter and did not return to action.
He is questionable for this evening.

Miami’s winning streak at home has pushed its mark at AmericanAirlines Arena
to 23-10. The club next hits the road for two games, beginning in Atlanta on
Wednesday.

The Magic have lost four of their last five and have fallen into ninth overall
in the East, one-half game back of New Jersey. The club is now 7 1/2 behind
Washington for the division lead as well.

On Saturday, Kevin Martin scored 20 points, as the Sacramento Kings rallied
for a 95-83 victory over Orlando Magic.

Jameer Nelson scored 23 points for Orlando while Trevor Ariza scored 17. J.J.
Redick netted 12 points in the loss and Dwight Howard grabbed 12 boards.

Tonight marks the first of two straight road games for the Magic. Orlando will
play in Toronto on Wednesday and is 10-23 as the visitor this season.

The Magic have had success against the Heat this season, having won both
meetings with Miami so far this campaign. The teams will meet once more this
season on April 18 in Orlando.

MIA ORL