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Sunday, April 11th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (44-35) at New York Knicks (28-51), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat hope to bounce back from their first loss in three weeks on Sunday when they invade historic Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.

Ben Gordon drained 7-of-11 three-pointers for a season-high 39 points on Friday, as Detroit handed Miami a 106-99 defeat, snapping the Heat's nine-game winning streak.

Dwyane Wade ended with 19 points and nine helpers for the Heat, who are now one-half game back of Milwaukee for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with three games to play. Udonis Haslem chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

"We're going to regret this one," Beasley said. "Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince were just amazing tonight."

The Knicks, meanwhile, continue to play out the string and lost their second straight game on Friday in Orlando when Vince Carter and Dwight Howard each poured in 25 points, as the Magic handled New York, 118-103.

Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points to lead the Knicks, who have lost seven of eight on the road. Chris Duhon and Sergio Rodriguez each had 13, while Toney Douglas added 12 points in defeat.

"(Orlando has) a big guy inside that makes it kind of rough," said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. "We played hard. We played pretty well. They just outmanned us. They're just better."

Miami has topped the Knicks four straight times and will be attempting to sweep the season series tonight.

04/11 10:34:41 ET


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