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                   === Heat pay a quick visit to Pelicans ===
 ( - The Miami Heat will make a brief stop in the Big Easy
 Saturday night for a showdown with the New Orleans Pelicans.
 The last time LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were in New Orleans
 they were representing the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game. The trip
 helped the East to a 163-155 win, as James finished with 22 points, Wade added
 10 and Bosh posted five points.
 James, Wade and Bosh were relatively quiet in Friday's balanced 91-86 victory
 over the Memphis Grizzlies. James scored 15 points, Wade had 14 and Bosh
 chipped in 11 for Miami, which rallied from a double-digit deficit in the
 second half and ended the game on a 14-2 run.
 "When you play against a big team like this that can defend well, you have to
 really work the game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You have to be able to
 manage all the emotions that go on during the course of the game. ... We got
 down 10 in the third quarter and we just had to keep grinding."
 Miami has won three of four since losing five of the previous six games.
 Ray Allen led the Heat with 18 points off the bench and Mario Chalmers rounded
 out the double-digit scorers with 14 points. Miami remained three games behind
 Indiana for the East's top seed and shot 47 percent. It also took advantage of
 17 Memphis turnovers and converted them into 23 points.
 The Heat have struggled on the road with four losses in the last five tries.
 They are 20-14 away from South Beach and will return home Monday for a matchup
 with the Portland Trail Blazers.
 New Orleans is back home after a quick departure to Atlanta and handed the
 Hawks a 111-105 setback Friday night.
 Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence to score 34
 points and grab 11 rebounds, while Tyreke Evans and Brian Roberts scored 21
 and 16 points, respectively.
 The Pelicans scored 42 points in the fourth quarter (42-34), shot 51.4 percent
 for the game and made 35-of-43 free throws. Davis was sent to the line 15
 times and missed three.
 "I think early in the fourth we made a little run," said Pelicans forward Luke
 Babbitt, who had 11 points off the bench. "We went with a different lineup. We
 were able to space out a little bit. I think guys had driving lanes. I think
 at the start of the fourth we were able to make a run and we were able to keep
 It will be difficult to make runs on the Heat, but Davis provides an advantage
 inside for New Orleans. Davis leads the NBA with 2.9 blocks per game and his
 length gives opposing teams problems.
 New Orleans, winners in five of the last eight games, is scheduled to be at
 home the next four games and is in the midst of playing 10 of 11 contests in
 the Big Easy. The Pelicans are 16-17 at home.
 Pelicans guard Eric Gordon left Friday's game with a knee injury and could
 miss Saturday's contest versus the Heat, who defeated the Pelicans on Jan. 7
 at AmericanAirlines Arena. James had 32 points in that one and Davis countered
 with 22 and 12 rebounds.
 Miami has won five in a row against New Orleans, but has dropped six of seven
 games in the Crescent City.
 03/22 10:03:07 ET