The Miami Heat will try to keep their current win streak alive when they visit the Orlando Magic on Feb. 8. It will be the first game between the two teams this season, and the Heat will try to climb up the Eastern Conference standings when the two rivals collide.
The Heat played well in their last outing against the Cleveland Cavaliers, closing out the Feb. 7 game in impressive fashion. For Miami, it was their third straight win, and they'll try to keep the momentum going when they face the Magic on Wednesday.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat in their last outing, putting up 26 points and 6 assists. LeBron came in second place for Miami, finishing with 24 points and 6 assists.
The game against the Magic will be the first of a Miami six-game road trip that includes back-to-back-to-back games, and they'll want to start things off on a positive note.
"I think it's going to be great," LeBron James told reporters. "One thing about us, we love these road trips. They bring us together even more. It's just us. It's the 15 guys, the coaching staff, the training staff and we all come together. It's a big test for us."
On the other hand, the Magic have lost five of their last eight games (coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers), and they'll have their hands full when they host the Heat.
"[The Heat are] a great team and a team that we always like competing against, so it should be a good game," Ryan Anderson said about the upcoming contest. "Miami is one of the teams that we know we have to get through if we want to really be successful this season."
Dwight Howard led the Magic in their losing effort against the Clippers, dropping a monstrous 33 points and 14 rebounds. The Heat will certainly need to keep Howard under control, or they'll be in for a very long night. They should be up to the task, and I expect them to pull off the victory.
Stats LLC, "Heat-Magic Preview"
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