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Saturday, February 21st (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (27-26) at Miami Heat (28-25), 3:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Eastern Conference rivals meet in South Beach Saturday afternoon when the Philadelphia 76ers kick off a four-game road trip against the Miami Heat.

The Sixers dropped their second straight game since the All-Star break on Wednesday when Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets continued a successful run on the road with a 101-89 victory over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.

Andre Miller paced Philadelphia with 17 points but left in the third quarter with a right calf strain and did not return.

Lou Williams contributed 15 points off the bench, while Thaddeus Young and Samuel Dalembert each had 12 points in the loss, the Sixers' second in a row following a four-game win streak.

Andre Iguodala was just 1-of-6 from the field for 10 points in 27-plus minutes and fouled out for the first time this season.

Miller is listed as questionable after an MRI exam Thursday confirmed he suffered a right calf strain. The 32-year-old Utah product, who is averaging a team-best 6.4 assists and 15.8 points this season, has played in 501 consecutive games, the NBA's longest active streak.

Philadelphia will also visit New Jersey, Washington and New York on its trek.

The Heat, meanwhile, opened a short two-game homestand in losing fashion on Wednesday after Sebastian Telfair made six of Minnesota's 14 three-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, as the Timberwolves topped Miami, 111-104.

Dwyane Wade had 37 points and 12 assists, while Udonis Haslem added 17 points for the Heat, who fell to 17-10 as the host this season. Miami center Jermaine O'Neal made his debut with the team after being acquired from Toronto over the All-Star break, along with forward Jamario Moon.

O'Neal ended with 13 points, but his introduction wasn't enough for the Heat to post their second consecutive win, as they beat Chicago on February 12. Miami hasn't won back-to-back games since a three-game streak from January 24-28. O'Neal (eye) and Wade (flu) are probable versus the 76ers, while James Jones (wrist/hand) is listed as questionable.

The Heat and Sixers have split a pair of games this season with Philadelphia winning the most recent encounter, 94-84, on February 7 in the City of Brotherly Love. Overall, Philly has taken six of its past seven meetings with Miami but was routed in South Beach, 106-83, early this season.

02/21 10:30:31 ET


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