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Wednesday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (9-34) at Orlando Magic (28-18), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic will close out a short two-game homestand this evening versus the struggling Miami Heat at Amway Arena.

Orlando has won four of its last five games and opened the homestand with a thrilling 96-93 victory over the NBA-best Boston Celtics on Sunday. Hedo Turkoglu buried the game-winning three-pointer as time expired to lead the Magic, who posted their fourth straight win at home and improved to 11-8 as the host in 2007-08.

Turkoglu finished with 27 points for the Magic, while Dwight Howard added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Rashard Lewis chipped in 15 points for Orlando.

On the injury front for the Magic, guard Jameer Nelson (foot) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Miami. Nelson has missed five straight games.

Meanwhile, the Heat will hit the road tonight and are 4-17 away from South Beach this season. They have also lost eight in a row as the guest.

In Tuesday's 117-87 loss to the Celtics in the finale of a seven-game homestand at AmericanAirlines Arena. Mark Blount had 20 points for the woeful Heat, who finished 1-6 on the stand and have lost 16 of their past 17 contests overall. Luke Jackson finished with 14 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade has a season-low seven points on 1-of-9 shooting before leaving early in the fourth quarter with flu-like symptoms.

Wade and power forward Udonis Haslem (sprained left ankle) are both expected to miss tonight's contest against the Magic.

The Magic are 2-0 so far against the division-rival Heat this season and are scheduled to visit the club on March 14 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Orlando has won seven straight against the Heat, who have dropped three straight and four of their last five on the road in this series.

01/30 12:01:46 ET


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