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Wednesday, March 5th (All times eastern)

Toronto Raptors (32-27) at Miami Heat (11-46), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will open a brief homestand tonight, when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami will also host Golden State on the current homestand and owns a 6-22 mark in South Beach this season. The Heat have dropped two of three, 13 of 15 and 28 of their last 31 games. In Sunday's 120-109 setback to the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena, Dwyane Wade had 26 points to lead the way.

Shawn Marion had 19 points and Jason Williams added 18, as the Heat suffered their 15th road loss in the last 16 tries.

Meanwhile, the Raptors will wrap up a three-game road trip tonight and are 0-2 so far on the trek. Toronto fell to 14-15 on the road this season after Tuesday's 102-87 setback to the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena, as T.J. Ford had 20 points off the bench to lead the team.

Anthony Parker totaled 19 points and nine boards, while Jose Calderon netted 14 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight overall after a three- game winning streak. Toronto played without All-Star forward Chris Bosh for the second straight game because of a right knee problem. Bosh, who is averaging a team-best 22.6 points per game, is expected to miss at least a week of action.

Wednesday's battle between Miami and Toronto is the second of four matchups this season. The Raptors were victorious in the first meeting, 114-82, on February 4 at AmericanAirlines Arena, but Miami has won five of seven and eight of the last 11 meetings in the series.

Toronto has lost five of six, eight of 11 and nine of its last 13 visits to South Beach.

Miami is winless in nine Wednesday games this season.

03/05 10:31:17 ET


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