NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 17th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (27-27) at New Jersey Nets (5-48), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Rumored to be in the market for Amare Stoudemire, the hopeful Miami Heat will shoot for their fourth straight win when they pay a visit to the lowly New Jersey Nets tonight at the IZOD Center.
With the NBA trade deadline looming, the Heat are looking for an edge in the Eastern Conference and a player of Stoudemire's caliber would definitely help. Miami is eighth in the conference standings and is coming off a 105-78 blowout of the Philadelphia 76ers last night at the Wachovia Center.
All-Star Game MVP Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds for the Heat, who have won the first two installments of their current five-game road trip and improved to 13-15 away from south Florida this season. The Heat will also visit the Grizzlies and Mavericks on the trek.
"Any time you get a road win in this league, you feel blessed by it," said Wade, who has scored in double figures in 148 consecutive games and is fifth in the NBA with 26.5 ppg. "It was a good game for us. I think it started yesterday in practice in the way we came and focused on what we needed to do."
Miami is 18-0 when holding opponents to under 90 points and has already outscored opponents by 10-plus points 17 times this season, after achieving that feat 16 times all of 2008-09.
The Nets will try for just their sixth win of the season and won for just the second time in the new year (2-19) with Tuesday's 103-94 triumph at Charlotte.
Courtney Lee led the way with 21 points, while Devin Harris had 17 points and nine assists and Brook Lopez contributed 16 points for New Jersey, which put the brakes on an eight-game slide and still remains on pace to threaten the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' 9-73 mark for futility.
"I think we just match up well," Harris said of beating the Bobcats twice this season. "We've been struggling with that fourth quarter, today we made shots and got the buckets that we needed."
New Jersey will commence a four-game homestand Wednesday versus Miami, Toronto, Memphis and Portland, and is 3-21 at the Meadowlands this season.
The Heat defeated the Nets, 81-80, back on November 14 this season at AmericanAirlines Arena and have won six of the past nine contests in this series.
02/17 10:42:09 ET