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Preview: Heat v. Trail Blazers, 7:30 PM

03/01/12
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl



    The Portland Trail Blazers begin a three-game homestand Thursday night with a nationally-televised contest against the Miami Heat. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM on TNT and 750 AM.

    The Trail Blazers enter Thursday night's game having lost 104-95 to the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday night. Portland had five players score in double figures, lead by Jamal Crawford with 21, but the Trail Blazers, once again, dug themselves a whole in the first half that proved insurmountable.

    “We just got outworked," said coach Nate McMillan. "That team came out and right from the start outworked us and pounded us on the boards, pounded us in the paint and wanted it more. Mentally, we got to get stronger on the road playing games like this and playing through situation like this.”

    The Heat are playing their first game since the end of the All-Star break. They currently boast an eight-game winning streak and finished February having lost just twice. Thursday's game is the only contest of the season between these two teams.

    Thursday night's game can be seen nationally on TNT. Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will have the radio call on 750 AM The Game and on all of the stations of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.

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    ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 32-14
    IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 14-9
    IN MIAMI: Trail Blazers lead, 18-5
    LAST PORTLAND WIN: 105-96, 3/8/11 (Mia.)
    LAST MIAMI WIN: 107-100 (OT), 1/9/11 (Por.)
    CURRENT WIN STREAK: None

    SERIES NOTES
    • Portland and Miami split last year’s season series, 1-1, with the road team winning both contests. The road team has won each of the last four games in the series.

    • Portland has won six of the past eight games between the teams overall, with both losses coming at the Rose Garden.

    • The Trail Blazers have won the last four meetings in Miami and eight of the past 10. Portland’s 78.3 percent (18-5) winning mark in Miami is its best on the road against any NBA opponent.

    • The Trail Blazers have swept 11 out of the 22 season series played between the teams, all-time.

    • Portland’s 106-68 win vs. Miami on Nov. 26, 2008, at the Rose Garden marked the largest margin of victory by either team in the 21-year history of the series. Miami’s 68 points were also the fewest scored by the Heat in a game against the Trail Blazers in series history.

    • Miami shot 54.3 percent from the field in two games against Portland last season; only the Chicago Bulls shot better against the Trail Blazers (54.4%). Portland shot 45.9 percent from the field in two games vs. the Heat.

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