NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 6th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (31-44) at Miami Heat (59-16), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat are approaching a franchise record in wins
and look to move closer to that mark Saturday at home versus the Philadelphia
76ers from AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami recorded its 59th win of the season in Friday's 89-79 triumph at
Charlotte, matching the victory total of the 2004-05 squad.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points and sank 7-of-11 3-pointers, while
Chris Bosh compiled 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Miami, which
was without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for the third straight game. James
(hamstring) and Wade (knee) could return Saturday.
Heat veteran Ray Allen (ankle) also missed Friday's game and is questionable
versus the Sixers. Miami, which won 61 games back in 1996-97, is 3-1 since
having a 27-game winning streak stopped at Chicago on March 27.
The Heat will play two straight and four of five games at home, where they own
a sizzling 32-4 mark. They had a 17-game home winning streak cut short on
Tuesday to the New York Knicks.
Miami, which sits fifth in the NBA with 102.9 ppg, is the top seed in the East
and the Southeast Division champion for a third straight season.
Philadelphia continued its final road trip of the season -- a four-game trek
-- with Friday's 101-90 victory over the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks.
Evan Turner finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Spencer Hawks
contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won four of five
games and sit five games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final postseason
spot in the East with seven to play.
The Bucks lost on the road to the New York Knicks Friday night.
Thaddeus Young delivered 14 points and 13 boards in the win and Damien
Wilkins scored 16 points.
"We found a way to close this one out. It wasn't pretty there at the end, but
that is a really good road win for us against a playoff team, Sixers coach
Doug Collins said. "The Hawks are a tough team to play because they can go
with a couple different lineups."
Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday, who went just 2-for-24 from the field in a loss
at Charlotte on Wednesday, converted on only 3-of-14 attempts for nine points
against the Hawks.
The Sixers are 9-27 on the road and still have Brooklyn on the trek.
Philadelphia has lost the first three meetings of the season to the Heat and
has been swept in this series in each of the previous three years.
Miami has won 14 in a row and 15 of the past 16 meetings with Philadelphia,
losers in nine straight and 15 of 17 trips to south Florida.
04/06 10:22:44 ET