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Thursday, February 14th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (9-41) at Chicago Bulls (20-31), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of disappointing teams square off this evening in the Windy City, as the Miami Heat pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Heat will open a short two-game road trip on Thursday against Chicago and Houston. They have lost 11 straight on the road and are 4-20 away from South Beach this season. Miami, which hasn't posted a road win since December 10 at Phoenix, has dropped eight in a row overall and suffered a 114-113 overtime loss versus Denver on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Shawn Marion had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Heat, losers of 23 of their last 24 contests. Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and dished out 10 assists, but missed a potential winning shot at the end of overtime. Dorell Wright tied a season-best with 19 points, as the NBA-worst Heat fell to 9-41 this season.

Chicago will close out a brief two-game homestand tonight and is 10-14 at the United Center this season. The Bulls opened the homestand with Tuesday's 100-86 setback to the New Orleans Hornets, as Andres Nocioni scored 28 points to lead the way.

Kirk Hinrich contributed 15 points and handed out four assists in his return to the lineup. Hinrich, the Bulls co-captain, had missed the past three games with bruised ribs for Chicago, which has dropped two straight and seven of its last 10 games. Thabo Sefolosha had 12 points, six boards and four assists in a losing effort.

Thursday's showdown between Miami and Chicago is the second of three meetings this season. The Bulls, who posted a 126-96 victory in the first matchup on January 16 in South Beach, are slated to visit AmericanAirlines Arena again on April 8.

Miami has won 10 of 16 and 15 of the last 22 encounters with the Bulls. However, the Heat have dropped two straight after winning their last two trips to the Windy City.

02/14 10:48:52 ET

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