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Saturday, March 19th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (27-36) at Miami Heat (51-16), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat seek their 12th consecutive victory tonight when they invite the New York Knicks to AmericanAirlines Arena.

The East-leading club is closing in on the franchise record for a winning streak -- 14 games, which was set this past December and January.

On Thursday, Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 27 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 25 points with 12 rebounds against his old team, as the Heat rolled to their 11th straight win by routing the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-89, at home.

Keyon Dooling netted a season-high 17 points and Eddie Jones added 12 for Miami, which tied a franchise record by winning its 14th straight game at home and improved to an impressive 29-5 as host this season. Damon Jones chipped in 11 points in the win.

The Heat, who have already clinched a playoff spot, lead the East by 8 1/2 games over second-place Detroit. Miami is mere percentage points behind San Antonio for the overall NBA lead.

Miami will visit Houston on Tuesday.

New York, meanwhile, ended a two-game slide with Friday's 106-92 win over host Atlanta. Stephon Marbury had 24 points and Tim Thomas recorded 23 points to lead the Knicks.

Kurt Thomas added 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for the Knicks, who won for the third time in five outings overall. Mike Sweetney tallied 14 points and eight boards and Jamal Crawford had 12 points and 10 assists for New York, which used tough defense down the stretch to pull out the win.

After the Hawks valiantly rallied to erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit, the Knicks roared on a 15-2 run that sealed the contest.

New York will face another stern test on Monday, hosting San Antonio at Madison Square Garden.

Miami is 3-0 against New York this season, and has won five of the last eight meetings overall.

03/19 10:06:44 ET

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