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Saturday, November 12th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (2-4) at Miami Heat (3-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season this evening when they continue a four-game homestand against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena.

On Thursday, Dwyane Wade had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Miami past the Houston Rockets, 88-84. Alonzo Mourning added 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Heat, who have won two of three to move to the .500 mark for the season at 3-3.

Jason Williams also had 13 points for Miami, which gave head coach Stan Van Gundy a 3-2 lead in the coaching series against his brother Jeff.

Williams' bucket with 6:10 remaining capped an 11-1 burst, which gave Miami its first lead since midway through the third quarter, 74-72.

Houston regained the lead on a Rafer Alston three-pointer with 5:40 on the clock, but a Udonis Haslem basket 56 seconds later started a 9-2 run for the Heat. Mourning's jumper with 1:28 left ended the spurt, giving Miami an 83-77 cushion with 1:10 left.

Action tightened up in the final seconds, but Houston never had the ball with a chance to tie the game.

Miami, which will conclude its homestand with visits from New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Philadelphia, is 2-2 in its arena this season.

Charlotte enters tonight's contest after a 98-88 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Reserve Melvin Ely had a team-best 14 points for Charlotte, which has lost three straight. Kareem Rush registered 13 points and eight rebounds, while Emeka Okafor posted 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting.

Charlotte, which will kick off a brief two-game road trip tonight, is 1-1 away from home this season.

The Heat took three of four from the Bobcats last season, including both meetings in South Beach.

11/12 10:49:35 ET


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