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Tuesday, December 1st (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (9-7) at Portland Trail Blazers (12-7), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers shoot for their fifth straight win over a reeling Miami Heat team when the two clubs meet at the Rose Garden on Tuesday.

The Heat, who are kicking off a tough four-game road trip tonight, lost for the fifth time in seven games on Sunday when Boston earned a hard-fought 92-85 win.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points in that one but the Heat were a miserable 2-of-15 from the three-point line. Michael Beasley added 18 points, while Jermaine O'Neal had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

"We were right there but the veteran team made the plays they had to make at the end," Wade said.

Miami, which is 3-2 as the visitor this season, will also play Northwest Division-leading Denver, the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento on its trek.

The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, come in as the NBA's second best defensive team, allowing just 89 points per game, but will be attempting to right the ship after a pair of hiccups, a 106-96 setback to Memphis last Friday followed by a 108-92 drubbing at the hands of Utah on Saturday.

All-Star Brandon Roy had 19 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Jerryd Bayless each added 14 for the Blazers in Salt Lake City.

"I think our defense is a step slower right now," Roy said. "It's just that I think guys look a little tired right now, getting beat to loose balls, giving up a lot of open jumpers and I think these next two days [off] are gonna be great for us."

Portland, which has won six of seven at the Rose Garden, last lost to the Heat on Feb. 13, 2007 in Miami.

12/01 11:48:35 ET


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