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Tuesday, November 9th (All times eastern)

Washington Wizards (2-1) at Miami Heat (3-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat try to remain unbeaten, as they host the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena in the second game of a home-and home set.

Dwyane Wade continued his hot start to the 2004-05 campaign with a career-high 37 points, as the Heat improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 118-106 win over the Wizards on Saturday. Wade also dished out a career-best 12 assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Heat, who started 3-0 for the second time in franchise history. The 1995-96 squad also began the season with three straight wins.

Eddie Jones scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and buried 5-of-7 three-pointers in Saturday's victory for Miami, which has won the last five meetings with the Wizards. All-Star Shaquille O'Neal, who was acquired in a blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, finished with 13 points and eight boards in the win.

O'Neal has averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 boards in his first three games in a Heat uniform, while Wade has started the new campaign with averages of 28.7 points, 6.3 boards and 7.7 assists per game.

For the Wizards, who suffered their first loss of the season to Miami on Saturday, Gilbert Arenas led the way with 27 points and Larry Hughes added 26. Antawn Jamison chipped in 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Washington.

Jamison, who was acquired from Dallas in the offseason, has averaged 27.3 points and eight rebounds in his first three games in a Wizards uniform. Arenas, who missed the season-opener because of a suspension, has registered 23 points and 6.5 assists in two contests.

Washington is 2-0 as the visitor this season. The Wizards defeated the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats on the road to open the new campaign.

Miami is 1-0 at home this season, as it beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-86, in its home-opener on November 4th.

Last season, the Heat swept the four meetings with the Wizards. Overall, Miami has won five of the last seven contests in this series. Washington has lost two straight and four of its last five games at Miami.

11/09 10:11:13 ET


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