NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 24th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (3-9) at Orlando Magic (11-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Southeast Division rivals square off tonight, as the division-leading Orlando Magic host the disappointing Miami Heat at Amway Arena.
Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy faces his former club for the first time. After becoming the new general of the Magic, Billy Donovan decided he didn't want the job. The team allowed him out of his contract to return to the University of Florida. Van Gundy got the job and has helped turn Orlando into a contender in the Eastern Conference.
Van Gundy served as head coach of the Miami Heat for two-plus seasons from 2003-05 and recorded a regular-season mark of 112-73 and a postseason record of 17-11. His .605 regular season and .607 playoff winning percentages are both tops in franchise history.
This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
The Magic were 4-0 against Miami last season and have won five in a row overall in the series. The Heat have dropped two in a row at Orlando.
Orlando wraps up a two-game homestand this evening. On Friday, Dwight Howard was a force again with 34 points and 17 rebounds as the Magic pummeled the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats, 105-92, at Amway Arena.
Hedo Turkoglu ended with 16 points for the Magic, who posted their sixth win in seven games overall. Howard went 11-of-14 from the field, but he made just 12-of-21 foul shots and also had four blocks. Keyon Dooling and Jameer Nelson both contributed 14 points for Orlando.
After tonight's contest, the Magic embark on a five-game road trip. They will visit Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, the Lakers, and Golden State on the upcoming swing. Orlando is 4-2 at home this season.
Miami tries to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 31 points to pace the Heat to their first home win of the season, 98-91, over the Houston Rockets on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Shaquille O'Neal had his best game of the young season with 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for the Heat. Ricky Davis ended with 12 points and Udonis Haslem contributed 11 points and eight boards for the Heat, who won for just the third time in 12 games this season.
The Heat are 2-4 on the road this season. They return home to host the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday and the Boston Celtics on November 30th at AmericanAirlines Area.
11/24 10:28:07 ET