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Friday, March 9th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (27-33) at Miami Heat (31-29), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will try to extend their home winning streak this evening when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat have won their past 10 games as the host, which includes the first three games of their current six-game homestand. That winning burst has pushed Miami's record as the host to 19-10.

Miami has also jumped into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings and is three games behind Washington in the Southeast Division. The Heat host the Wizards on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Eddie Jones went off again in the fourth quarter to lead the Miami Heat to a 103-70 stomping of the Chicago Bulls. The 33-point margin of victory was the largest win ever for the Heat over the Bulls.

Jones scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth frame, the second straight game he notched 14 in the final quarter. He also did it in the fourth stanza of Miami's 88-81 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points, grabbed nine boards, and dished out eight assists for the Heat, who won their fourth straight overall despite the absence of star guard Dwyane Wade. Antoine Walker scored 14 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Minnesota is coming off its second straight double-overtime contest. The Timberwolves fell to Boston in six frames on Sunday before besting the Lakers, 117-107 in double-overtime on Tuesday.

Ricky Davis scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and hit all 12 of his free throws to lead Minnesota. Kevin Garnett added 26 points and grabbed 17 boards for the Wolves, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Mark Blount added 18 points.

Minnesota currently sits two games out of a playoff spot and will play its next two games on the road where the team is just 9-20.

Miami and Minnesota meet for the first time this season tonight. The clubs have split their last four meetings, including a pair of contests last season. The Timberwolves have won eight of the last 11 meetings.

The Heat have won two in a row in the series at home. The two clubs will meet in Minnesota on March 30.

03/09 10:42:23 ET


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