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Sunday, December 12th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (14-7) at Toronto Raptors (7-15), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors hope to avoid their seventh consecutive loss this afternoon when they continue their three-game homestand versus the Miami Heat at the Air Canada Centre.

On Friday, Toronto found itself on the wrong end of a 101-87 decision against the Denver Nuggets. Rafer Alston had 25 points and Lamond Murray netted 16 off the bench for the struggling Raptors, who have dropped eight of nine.

The Raptors, who have failed to reach the 100-point mark in each of their last five games, picked up their last win back on November 30 at the expense of the Heat.

Jalen Rose, who has been mentioned in trade talks along with Vince Carter, scored just three points in the loss and after the game was criticized by head coach Sam Mitchell.

Prior to the game it was announced that Toronto placed Carter on the injured list. Carter, who had tests taken that revealed a mild strain of his left Achilles' tendon, sustained the injury during Wednesday's loss to Detroit when he fell while driving the baseline.

The Raptors, who will close their homestand against Minnesota on Wednesday, are 5-3 at home this season.

Miami, meanwhile, comes into tonight's contest on a winning note after Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out nine assists in the Heat's 92-84 win over Memphis on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Shaquille O'Neal netted 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who won their third straight game and for the fourth time in five tries.

Wade, who was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, has scored 20 points in 14 of 19 games this season. The Heat are also 10-4 when Wade scores 20 or more points.

Miami is 7-4 away from home this season.

The Raptors have won two straight in this series, but have dropped seven of the last 12 meetings. Miami, which has won 18 of the last 27 overall matchups, has also won three straight north of the border.

12/12 10:07:00 ET

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