NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 14th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (12-69) at Miami Heat (46-35), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat hope to nail down the Eastern Conference's No. 5 seed when they close out the NBA's regular season schedule by hosting the lowly New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.
The Heat lead Milwaukee by one game in the standings and can claim the fifth spot and a date with Boston in the first round with a win or a Bucks loss at Boston tonight.
Miami is coming off an exciting 107-105 last second win in Philadelphia on Monday. Udonis Haslem made a baseline jumper with 1.3 seconds left in that one, as the Heat escaped with a 107-105 win over the 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 30 points, but it was his assist to Haslem that provided the crucial winning bucket as the Heat moved to the brink of securing the No. 5 seed in the East and a first-round matchup against Boston.
Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley and Carlos Arroyo finished with 15 points apiece. Richardson added 12 boards for the Heat, who have won eight straight on the road and 11 of their last 12 games overall. Haslem ended with 12 points.
"It's very important," Wade said about the Heat's success on the road. "It's the best we've played on the road in a long time and that's a good thing, especially going into the playoffs."
The Nets, meanwhile, will finally finish the worst season in franchise history tonight, hoping to avoid a third straight loss. Stephen Jackson led seven Charlotte players in double figures with 17 points on Monday, as the Bobcats defeated the New Jersey Nets, 105-95, in what was likely the final professional basketball game to be played at IZOD Center.
Devin Harris scored a game-high 22 points for the Nets, who will play their home games at the Prudential Center next year. Terrence Williams recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in defeat. Brook Lopez had 16 points and eight boards.
"It would have been nice (to win the final game at IZOD Center), but we went cold in the fourth quarter," Harris said. "They took it from us, but it happens."
Miami has already beaten New Jersey three times this season and will be shooting for the season sweep tonight.
04/14 10:59:57 ET