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Friday, January 22nd (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (21-20) at Washington Wizards (14-27), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will wrap up their season series with the Southeast Division-rival Washington Wizards Friday from the Verizon Center.

Miami has taken two of the first three meetings between the teams, but had its six-game winning streak in the series come to an end with a 94-84 setback on November 27 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami has won three straight and 10 of its last 13 contests in DC.

The Heat have lost two of three games overall and opened a quick road trip with Wednesday's 104-65 loss at Charlotte. Dwyane Wade and Dorell Wright each scored 16 points, while Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem both finished with six in a losing cause.

"The way I look at it, the game and the flow and the stats and the score speak for itself," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We can say what we want in terms of being prepared mentally, physically for this game, [but] the way we start out the game, we have no excuses about it."

Miami is 9-10 away from south Florida this season.

Washington will continue a six-game homestand tonight and had a two-game winning streak stopped with Wednesday's tough 94-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Shawn Marion blocked Caron Butler's potential game-winning shot in the final seconds, while Butler ended with 20 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Randy Foye led the Wizards with a season-high 26 points and Brendan Haywood ended with 13 points and 18 boards for the Wizards, who are 2-1 so far on the residency and 8-12 in the nation's capital this season.

"To be able to play them that tough -- they make shots, we make shots. Brendan blocks Dirk's shot and then takes a charge on Dirk -- to fight that hard and do that much to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to win it, it hurts to lose like that," Foye said.

The Wizards will also host the Clippers and Lakers on the homestand.

01/22 10:58:52 ET


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