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Sunday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Houston Rockets (24-20) at Miami Heat (32-13), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets begin a four-game road trip, as they visit Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat this afternoon at AmericanAirlines Arena.

This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. The Rockets are scheduled to host the Heat on March 22nd at the Toyota Center.

The Heat have won two of three and five of the last seven contests in this series. The Rockets have lost two of three and seven of their last nine at Miami.

The Rockets come into today's game off a tough loss. On Friday, Chris Webber's three-pointer at the end of regulation forced overtime and Cuttino Mobley's trey in the extra session gave Sacramento the lead for good, as the Kings defeated Houston, 117-111, at the Toyota Center.

All-Star Tracy McGrady had 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in Friday's defeated for the Rockets, who had a four-game win streak halted. Scott Padgett hit his first eight shots from the floor, including his first six from three-point range, on his way to a 22-point night.

Houston, which is 4-0 in Sunday games this season, is 10-10 on the road. The Rockets will also visit the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves on the current swing.

Miami has won two straight contests. O'Neal scored a team-high 26 points as the Heat won their second consecutive game with a 106-96 decision over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at Philips Arena. O'Neal added eight rebounds and seven assists in the victory.

Playing without starting forward Eddie Jones due to a case of the flu, Miami got a huge effort from Shandon Anderson, who scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his third start of the season. Udonis Haslem recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade contributed 19 points and Damon Jones finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Heat, which swept the four-game series with Atlanta this season.

The Heat are 16-5 as the host this season. Miami has won 10 of its last 12 at home.

Miami is 20-5 when it allows under 100 points this season. The Heat are 6-1 in Sunday games.

01/30 10:07:03 ET


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