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Friday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (13-15) at Miami Heat (15-12), 5:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat shoot for their fourth straight win Friday when they welcome the Chicago Bulls to AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has won three in a row after a three-game slide and posted a 96-88 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday in South Beach. Dwyane Wade pumped in 32 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists, as Miami matched its win total from all of last season.

Udonis Haslem added 16 points and eight boards for the Heat, while Daequan Cook finished with a season-best 20 points. Shawn Marion, playing in his 700th NBA game, had nine points and a season-high 16 rebounds in the win.

The Heat are 9-5 as the host this season.

Chicago will continue a four-game road trip today and opened the trek with Tuesday's 104-98 setback to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Larry Hughes had a team-best 19 points for the Bulls, who have alternated wins and losses for the last eight games. Andres Nocioni and Ben Gordon both ended with 18 points in the loss. Tyrus Thomas had a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards, as the Bulls dropped their fifth straight road game.

The Bulls will also visit Atlanta and New Jersey, and are 3-12 away from the Windy City this season.

Chicago went 2-1 against Miami a year ago, but the Heat have won 11 of the last 18 contests in the series. Chicago has lost 13 of 16 and 16 of its last 21 in South Beach.

12/26 10:33:18 ET


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