NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 14th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (19-30) at Miami Heat (31-20), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will try and follow up their biggest win of the season this evening when they open a home-and-home set with their Sunshine State rival Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena.
These two teams will meet on Wednesday at the TD Waterhouse Centre in their final game before the All-Star break.
Miami, though, enters tonight's contest after a thrilling win on Sunday, as Dwyane Wade scored his team's final 17 points, including a pull-up jumper with 2.3 seconds left to help the Heat rally from 13 down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Detroit Pistons, 100-98.
Wade finished with 37 points and eight rebounds and Shaquille O'Neal recorded 31 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which won for the sixth time in its last eight games.
Trailing by 13 going into the fourth quarter, the Heat scored the first eight points to cut the deficit to five, 84-79, with just over eight minutes left to play. The run was sparked by O'Neal, who recorded five points.
After a Rasheed Wallace field goal pushed the Detroit lead to seven, 90-83, with five minutes left, Wade took over, scoring seven straight points to tie the game at 90-90 with 3:30 left to play.
The Pistons received two huge three-pointers from Hamilton and Billups in the last three minutes, but Wade continually answered each shot with a basket of his own, leading up to the dramatic game-winning shot.
Miami, which will be closing a two-game homestand tonight, is 18-6 in its arena this season.
Orlando, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after dropping its fourth straight game on Sunday, a 102-94 setback at the hands of the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 11 boards for the Magic, who have dropped eight of their last nine.
Hedo Turkoglu tallied 16 points and Steve Francis was held to nine points in the win.
Grant Hill returned after a 13-game absence due to rehab from a sports hernia and came off the bench for 15 points in 19 minutes. He will likely continue to come off the bench and play a limited role.
The Magic have lost their last five on the road and are 6-18 away from home this season.
Orlando defeated Miami earlier in the season, but has dropped eight of nine and 11 of its last 16 to the Heat. The Magic have also dropped four straight and six of their last eight in South Beach.
02/14 10:32:50 ET