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http://www.nba.com/games/20040211/MIAORL/preview.html


ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- One of the league's longest current losing streaks will end on Wednesday when the Orlando Magic host the Miami Heat at TD Waterhouse Centre.

The Magic, who had a franchise-record 19-game losing streak earlier in the season, have lost six in a row for the longest current slid in the NBA. The Heat are next with a five-game skid, their longest since opening the season 0-7.

Orlando began a stretch in which it plays six of eight games at home with a 98-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Magic squandered an 18-point second-half lead, including a 16-point cushion in the fourth quarter, losing after Lakers guard Gary Payton made a layup with four seconds left.

All-Star Tracy McGrady scored 35 points after missing two games with back spasms and Juwan Howard added 18 for Orlando, which has lost eight of its last nine games.

The Magic have lost four consecutive games at TD Waterhouse Centre, where they have the league's worst home record at 6-18.

Miami fell a season-high 11 games under .500 with a 98-93 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.

Rookie Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and Lamar Odom collected 13 and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who squandered an early 14-point lead.

Miami lost forward Caron Butler with 6 1/2 minutes to go in the third quarter to an injured back after he was fouled hard earlier by Los Angeles guard Kareem Rush.

The Heat posted a 112-101 home victory over the Magic on January 2 after getting swept in the 2002-03 season series.
Lue Alston
Bogans Wade
Tmac Jones
Howard, Odom
ZaZa, Grant

with Gooden off the bench in Orlando, and Alston coming off in Miami. C Butler may or may not play with a sore back.

This game is very important...its the difference in whether we go into the all star break with a 6 game losing streak or a one game winning streak, and the feeling between the two is huge
 

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The way we've been playing we'll get the lead then loose it then get it back in the fourth and won't be able to close and we'll lose again.
 

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odom is gonna have a huge game.
he was pissed off about his performance last night.
 

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No caron 2nite.....should and must mean time for Rasual
 

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interesting lineup today

Alston
Wade
Jones
Odom
Grant


First time this is starting, and i like SVG's decision to start Alston over Haslem or Allen...Jones could easily get away at the 3
 

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Rasual is playing great...what took SVG so long to finally give him a chance
 

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wade got his first career dbl dbl...played great
 

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Wade - 27pts 10reb 5ast

Skip - 23pts 3reb 5ast 4stl

Odom - 18pts 9reb 6ast 2stl 2blk

B.G. - 16pts 12reb 1blk

E.J. - 6pts 8reb 4ast 1stl

Rasual - 12pts

We still need to finish games better but we needed a win and we got one!!!
 

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trade caron?, i dont c how that will benefit us. I hate it when ppl turn on players just coz theyre having a bad year, look wat happened with Odom, ppl thought he was finished and a waste and injury prone and look at the year hes having. I have no doubts Caron Butler will average 17 and 6 boards a game next year when hes healthy. Ppl are to fickle and give up on ppl to easy.
 

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not giving up on him, but since we have too many swingmen and absolutely no big men, we might as well trade one for the other.

odoma nd wade are out of the question because they play so well together and feed off each toher all the time, so caron is the odd one out.

id trader ej and bg for a big man but since we cant trade either for anything or anyone, so we have to trade caron.
 
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