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Friday, February 9th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (24-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (28-21), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two of the league's young and dominating stars meet again tonight when Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat travel into Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

The teams square off for the second of four meetings this year. The Heat captured the first matchup on February 1, 92-89, as Wade scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and missed just one of his 24 foul shots.

James ended with 17 points and nine assists on just 6-of-18 shooting, and missed the potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer.

Wade's Heat have won three of the last four games against the Cavs and six of eight. James' Cleveland squad has struggled in Miami, having lost eight in a row as the visitor.

The Heat come into the game on a season-high five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, the Heat toppled the struggling Boston Celtics 91-79. Wade had a game-high 30 points to go along with nine assists and six rebounds.

Jason Kapono scored 19 points and Gary Payton had 10 for the Heat, who are 11-15 on the road and 4 1/2 games back of Washington for the lead in the Southeast Division.

Miami's offense has been red-hot as of late, scoring at least 90 points in 17 straight games. That burst is the sixth best streak in Miami history.

The club plays the second of two straight road games tonight and will play its next two at home against San Antonio and Portland.

Cleveland will resume a five-game homestand with tonight's matchup. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points and added a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-77 on Wednesday.

Aleksandar Pavlovic also chipped in with 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who improved to 2-1 on the stand, which ends Sunday against the Lakers. Cleveland then hits the road for three games.

Larry Hughes had 15 points, Drew Gooden finished with 13 and James ended the night with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting for Cleveland.

Cleveland currently sits 2 1/2 games behind Detroit for the lead in the Central Division.

02/09 10:52:31 ET

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