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Friday, November 17th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (3-6) at Miami Heat (3-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will wrap up a three-game homestand this evening against the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena.

Miami is 0-2 so far on the homestand and dropped a 112-105 decision to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Heat were without All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal because of a left knee bruise. He is questionable for tonight's game against New York.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade netted a season-high 37 points with 11 assists and was 16-of-17 from the free throw line in the losing cause. Antoine Walker chipped in 22 points before fouling out for the defending NBA champions.

The Heat are 2-3 at home and will hit the road for three games after closing out this homestand.

Meanwhile, the Knicks ended a three-game slide with Wednesday's 102-82 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Renaldo Balkman scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Quentin Richardson added 17 points to lead the Knicks at historic Madison Square Garden.

Stephon Marbury had 16 points and Eddy Curry contributed 13 points and six boards for the Knicks, who won for only the second time in eight games. David Lee had a double-double with 10 points and a season-high 15 boards.

Miami swept the 2005-06 series with the Knicks by a 3-0 count and has won seven straight and eight of the last nine meetings.

New York, which leads the overall series 46-30, has also lost three in a row and six of its last nine visits to Miami.

11/17 10:42:32 ET

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