NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 6th (All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (31-44) at Miami Heat (59-16), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat are approaching a franchise record in wins and look to move closer to that mark Saturday at home versus the Philadelphia 76ers from AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami recorded its 59th win of the season in Friday's 89-79 triumph at Charlotte, matching the victory total of the 2004-05 squad.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points and sank 7-of-11 3-pointers, while Chris Bosh compiled 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Miami, which was without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for the third straight game. James (hamstring) and Wade (knee) could return Saturday.
Heat veteran Ray Allen (ankle) also missed Friday's game and is questionable versus the Sixers. Miami, which won 61 games back in 1996-97, is 3-1 since having a 27-game winning streak stopped at Chicago on March 27.
The Heat will play two straight and four of five games at home, where they own a sizzling 32-4 mark. They had a 17-game home winning streak cut short on Tuesday to the New York Knicks.
Miami, which sits fifth in the NBA with 102.9 ppg, is the top seed in the East and the Southeast Division champion for a third straight season.
Philadelphia continued its final road trip of the season -- a four-game trek -- with Friday's 101-90 victory over the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks.
Evan Turner finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Spencer Hawks contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won four of five games and sit five games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final postseason spot in the East with seven to play.
The Bucks lost on the road to the New York Knicks Friday night.
Thaddeus Young delivered 14 points and 13 boards in the win and Damien Wilkins scored 16 points.
"We found a way to close this one out. It wasn't pretty there at the end, but that is a really good road win for us against a playoff team, Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "The Hawks are a tough team to play because they can go with a couple different lineups."
Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday, who went just 2-for-24 from the field in a loss at Charlotte on Wednesday, converted on only 3-of-14 attempts for nine points against the Hawks.
The Sixers are 9-27 on the road and still have Brooklyn on the trek.
Philadelphia has lost the first three meetings of the season to the Heat and has been swept in this series in each of the previous three years.
Miami has won 14 in a row and 15 of the past 16 meetings with Philadelphia, losers in nine straight and 15 of 17 trips to south Florida.
04/06 10:22:44 ET