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NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, March 7th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (29-30) at Miami Heat (45-16), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The eyes of the NBA will be on South Florida tonight, when Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat host Allen Iverson, Chris Webber and the Philadelphia 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has won five straight, 12 of 14 and 15 of its last 18 contests, including a 102-82 victory over Cleveland on Sunday night. O'Neal celebrated his 33rd birthday with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds to help the Heat to the win. O'Neal has blocked a shot in 19 straight games.

Eddie Jones netted a team-high 19 points for Miami, while Wade posted 18 points and 10 rebounds. Udonis Haslem tacked on 18 points and 11 rebounds in the winning effort.

Miami hit 44.6 percent from the field, including 7-of-19 (.368) from three- point range. The Heat managed only 13-of-20 (.650) from the free throw line.

The Heat have won all three meetings against the Cavs so far this season. Miami has won six of eight overall against Cleveland.

Miami is comfortably ahead in the East, owning a 7 1/2-game lead on second place Detroit. The Heat are dominating the Southeast Division, 10 1/2 contests in front of Washington.

Philadelphia has won back-to-back games, including a narrow 98-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Saturday. Iverson had 33 points, six assists and made a game-saving steal in the final seconds. Iverson was 13- of-13 from the charity stripe in the victory.

Marc Jackson converted two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to give the lead to the Sixers, winners of three of four. Webber added 18 points and eight rebounds to allow Philadelphia to win its second straight on the road. Jackson had 11 of his 13 points in the decisive fourth, as Philadelphia shot 17-for-17 from the charity stripe in the final 12 minutes en route to the win.

The Sixers have moved within 1 1/2 games of first place Boston in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia has climbed into a tie with Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Philadelphia activated guard Willie Green and forward Josh Davis and placed forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley on the injured list. Neither Green nor Davis saw action in the game.

The Sixers, who are finishing up a short two-game road trip tonight, are 13-18 in foreign buildings this season. Philadelphia has won four of its last six road tilts.

These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning both games. Miami registered a 93-83 victory over the Sixers at American Airlines Arena on Nov. 21. Philly has won eight of 10, 11 of 14 and 15 of the last 19 meetings, including six of its last nine at Miami.

03/07 10:38:11 ET

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