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Saturday, March 1st (All times Eastern)

Orlando Magic (18-42) at Miami Heat (41-14), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic finally put the brakes on their lengthy road slide the last time out and are hoping a new streak won't begin Saturday against the Miami Heat.

Orlando stopped a franchise record-tying 16-game road losing streak with Wednesday's 101-90 victory at Philadelphia. Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic posted 21 points and 13 rebounds, while rookie Victor Oladipo ended with 17 points and 11 boards.

Jameer Nelson added 16 points and 12 assists for the Magic, who won on the road for the first time since an 83-82 decision at Chicago on Dec. 16.

"He (Nelson) was vintage," said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. "We put the ball in his hands and he came out and made shots for us."

The Magic are 4-27 away from home and won for just the second time in the last seven tries with the victory over the lowly Sixers.

Magic guard Arron Afflalo has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and is questionable against the Southeast rival Heat. He leads the Magic with 19.7 points per game.

Meanwhile, the two-time defending champion Heat welcomed back superstar LeBron James in Thursday's 108-82 drubbing of the New York Knicks. James missed Sunday's win over Chicago with a broken nose suffered last week in Oklahoma City and wore a protective mask.

James posted a game-high 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting and has scored 30 or more points in five straight games, averaging 35.8 ppg in that time. He talked about wearing a mask for the second time in his career.

"I was able to get a carbon-fiber (mask), which is actually lighter than the one I'd been wearing in practice. It came through at the last minute and I went with it," James said.

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, while Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Ray Allen netted 11 apiece for the Heat, who have won six in a row and nine of their last 10 games. The Heat are 2-0 on a four-game homestand, unbeaten in three straight in South Beach and have a 22-4 home record.

Miami will close the residency Monday versus Charlotte and sits two games behind the Indiana Pacers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat are aiming for another four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic after taking all four meetings a season ago. They have won eight straight and nine of the last 10 matchups with the Southeast rival Magic and are unbeaten in the previous five as the host in this series.

James is averaging 19.3 ppg against Orlando this season.

03/01 10:23:27 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
 
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
 
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
 
4th
MIA 97
WAS 99
 
4th
MEM 74
CHI 82
 
4th
SAN 78
POR 69
 
2nd
DEN 53
LAC 37
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
 
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
2nd
MTST 68
CHAT 58
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
2nd
MINN 85
SEAT 48
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
2nd
SILL 52
NO 54
 
Half
MARQ 40
ALAAM 20
 
Half
TTU 35
ARKPB 26
 
Half
DEN 37
COLST 34
 
Half
CREI 39
TXPA 27
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
 
3rd
OTT 5
ANA 2
 
3rd
DET 1
NYI 2
 
3rd
WIN 2
BOS 1
 
1st Intermission
CAL 0
DAL 0