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Tuesday, April 11th (All times eastern)

Toronto Raptors (26-51) at Miami Heat (50-27), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will try to end an eight-game losing streak tonight when they open a two-game road trip in Miami.

The Raptors are faced with an improbable task against the Heat, who have won two straight, five of six and 11 of the last 14 meetings with Toronto.

Miami owns a 2-1 lead in the season series against the Raptors.

Toronto suffered a 94-88 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre and was led by Mike James' game-high 32 points. James also had 10 assists and Matt Bonner scored 14 points in the setback.

The tumultuous season is almost over for the Raptors, who will travel to Orlando after Tuesday's game against the Heat. Toronto will then host Detroit and Indiana before closing out the 2005-06 season in Chicago.

Miami, meanwhile, is headed to the playoffs, but owns a slim 2 1/2-game lead over the surging New Jersey Nets for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat are just 2-4 in their last six games and were handed a 93-84 loss by the Magic on Sunday at home. Dwyane Wade had 27 points and seven assists, while Shaquille O'Neal added 16 points and nine boards for the Heat.

Miami, which lost its second straight home game for the first time since February of 2004, is 0-1 on its four-game homestand and will welcome Philadelphia and Chicago to South Beach this week.

The Southeast Division-champion Heat will close out the regular season at Atlanta and Boston.

04/11 10:41:03 ET


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