NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (8-28) at New Orleans Hornets (23-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Miami Heat try to avoid their 10th straight loss when they visit the Hornets tonight at New Orleans Arena.
Miami wraps up a five-game road trip against the Hornets. Maurice Williams scored a season-high 35 points and dished out six assists as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the disappointing Heat, 98-92, at the Bradley Center.
Dwyane Wade poured in 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss for Miami, which has dropped nine straight and 11 of its last 12 games overall. Jason Williams scored 23 points in defeat.
The Heat, who have lost eight in a row as the visitor, are a dismal 4-17 on the road this season.
Miami lost a franchise-worst 17 in a row from November 5 - December 12 of the 1988 campaign. The Heat dropped 18 straight as the visitor from December 15, 1988 - March 11, 1989.
Center Shaquille O'Neal (sore left hip) has missed seven straight games. O'Neal is averaging 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season for the Heat. Forward Dorell Wright, who has posted 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, is questionable with a sprained left ankle. Wright has missed five straight contests.
New Orleans tries to get back on the winning track, as it concludes a short two-game homestand. On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists to help the Lakers rout the Hornets, 109-80, at New Orleans Arena.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Hornets agreed to a two-year extension on their lease, covering the two years lost during the team's relocation to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina. However, certain benchmarks included in the deal will allow the team to renegotiate or opt out of the agreement if attendance falls below 14,735 between December 1, 2007 and the end of the 2008-09 season.
Chris Paul scored a game-high 32 points in the loss for New Orleans, which had a three-game winning streak halted. David West scored 19 and pulled down nine rebounds, while Tyson Chandler ended with 11 points and seven boards.
The Hornets, who have dropped two in a row as the host, are 9-7 at home this season. They will visit Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets on Sunday at the Toyota Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Miami is scheduled to host the Hornets on April 2 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The teams have split the last four contests in the series. Miami has lost two straight and three of its last four at the Hornets.
01/11 11:01:51 ET