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Saturday, January 19th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (12-27) at Miami Heat (8-30), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of disappointing teams battle tonight, as the New York Knicks will visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

This is the second meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 11th, Jason Williams scored 17 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 19.9 seconds left as the Heat earned a 75-72 over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The teams have split the last six contests in the series. New York has dropped four of five and five of its last eight at Miami.

New York wraps up a three-game road trip against the Heat. On Friday, Antawn Jamison scored 32 points and the Washington Wizards snapped New York's season- long three-game winning streak with a 111-98 triumph at the Verizon Center.

Quentin Richardson finished with 21 points for the Knicks, who were on their longest winning surge since January 3-10 last season. Jamal Crawford tallied 19 points and Eddy Curry scored 17 for New York.

The Knicks return home to host the Boston Celtics on Monday and the Philadelphia 76ers on January 25th at AmericanAirlines Arena. New York is 3-14 on the road this season.

Miami plays the third of a season-long seven-game homestand. On Friday, Brandon Roy scored 24 points and the streaking Portland Trail Blazers stayed hot by coming back to down the woeful Heat, 98-91, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has dropped 12 in a row, tied for the third-longest losing streak in franchise history. The Heat last lost 12 straight in November and December of 2001. The Heat lost a franchise-worst 17 in a row from November 5 - December 12 of the 1988 campaign.

Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, including a 20-point explosion in the third quarter, for the Heat, who last won on December 22nd when they topped the Utah Jazz in Miami. Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points and 11 boards, while Ricky Davis added 14 points for the Heat.

The Heat will also host the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and the Celtics on the current homestand. Miami is 4-13 on the road this season.

01/19 10:38:02 ET


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