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Wednesday, January 21st (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (34-9) at Miami Heat (22-18), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics will try to keep their winning streak intact when they open a quick two-game road trip Wednesday against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Boston will also visit the Orlando Magic and is 13-7 away from Beantown this season. It recorded its fifth straight win with a 104-87 triumph versus Phoenix on Monday at TD Banknorth Garden, as Rajon Rondo ended with 23 points and seven assists to lead the way.

Ray Allen had 20 points for Boston, which got 16 points and eight rebounds from Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce contributed 12 points, eight boards and eight assists in a winning effort. Pierce is probable against the Heat with a sore right ankle and center Kendrick Perkins (shoulder) is listed as questionable.

Miami will kick off a four-game homestand this evening versus Boston, Orlando, Atlanta and Washington, and is 12-6 as the host this season. It has won three of its last four games overall, including Sunday's 104-94 triumph at Oklahoma City in the finale of a seven-game road trip.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 32 points and also added 10 assists and three blocks to pace the Heat, who finished 4-3 on the lengthy trek. Udonis Haslem chipped in 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Jamaal Magloire and Mario Chalmers had 13 points apiece for Miami.

Heat forward Shawn Marion is questionable for Wednesday's game due to a strained left groin. Marion did not play against the Thunder.

Boston went 4-0 against Miami a year ago and has won five straight in the series. These two teams have split the past 10 meetings in South Beach.

01/21 10:36:38 ET


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