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Monday, November 7th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Nets (2-1) at Miami Heat (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets go for their third straight win tonight, as the visit the shorthanded Miami Heat tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.

This is a rematch of last year's postseason. The Heat swept the Nets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

On Saturday, Richard Jefferson's layup and free throw with 1.5 seconds left gave New Jersey a 100-99 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bulls at Continental Airlines Arena. Jefferson finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists for the Nets, who have won two games in a row and won for the first time at home in the 2005-06 season. The Nets lost to Milwaukee in their season opener at home.

Jason Kidd registered a triple-double, the 68th of his career, for New Jersey during Saturday's win with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while Vince Carter scored 28 points and pulled down 11 boards.

After tonight's contest, the Nets are scheduled to play four of their next five games at the Meadowlands. The will host Utah, Houston, Seattle and Washington, and will visit Indiana on November 11.

The Heat will try and halt a two-game losing streak tonight without All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal, who could be sidelined for up to four weeks with a sprained right ankle. Shaq was injured during Miami's 105-102 loss to Indiana on Thursday.

Bobby Simmons scored 23 points, including a rim-shattering slam over Alonzo Mourning to put a stamp on a fourth-quarter comeback, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Shaq-less Miami Heat, 105-100, on Saturday in their home opener at the Bradley Center.

In the loss to Milwaukee, All-Star Dwyane Wade led six Miami players in double figures with 21 points. Wade also dished out nine assists and grabbed seven boards. Jason Williams added 18 points and Antoine Walker chipped in 15 points for the Heat.

Without O'Neal in the lineup for Miami, the Bucks won the offensive battle in the paint, 50-40, and held their own on the glass, ending the night even on the boards, 36-36.

Miami will play five of its next six games at home. The Heat are scheduled to visit Indiana on Wednesday and will then return home to host Houston, Charlotte, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.

Last season, Miami won swept the three meetings between the clubs. Overall, the Heat have won five in a row in this series. New Jersey has lost four straight and eight of its last 11 at Miami.

11/07 10:22:48 ET


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