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Friday, January 6th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (19-14) at Phoenix Suns (20-11), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat try to get back on the winning track when they play the second of a season-long seven-game road trip tonight against the Phoenix Suns.

On Wednesday, Desmond Mason scored 24 points and David West netted 20, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City used a big second quarter to blow past the Heat, 107-92, at the Ford Center.

Dwyane Wade posted his second career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but he also turned the ball over eight times in the loss to the Hornets for Miami, which had a two-game winning streak halted. Shaquille O'Neal ended with 19 points and nine rebounds, but the Heat couldn't stop a well-balanced attack for the Hornets.

Miami, which will also visit Portland, Golden State, Seattle, Utah and the Lakers on the current swing, are just 7-10 as the visitor this season.

The Suns play the middle contest of a three-game road trip. On Wednesday, reigning MVP Steve Nash scored 24 points while Shawn Marion delivered 13 points and 13 rebounds, as Phoenix opened the current stand with a 105-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at America West Arena.

James Jones netted 19 points off the bench in the win over Philadelphia for the Suns, who have captured five of their last six games overall. Eddie House chipped in 18 points off the bench in the victory.

Phoenix, which will host Tim Duncan and the defending world champion Spurs on Saturday in the finale of the homestand, is 11-6 at America West Arena this season.

Tonight's contest marks the first time the Suns homecourt will be called US Airways Center. Prior to tonight's game the building was known as America West Arena.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Heat are scheduled to host the Suns on January 26th at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has lost two straight and six of its last seven at Phoenix

01/06 14:09:09 ET


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