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Heat seeks back-to-back wins for the first time

Nov 30, 2007 - 4:23 PM Boston (12-2) at Miami (4-10) 8:00 pm EST

MIAMI (Ticker) - Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will try to capture consecutive wins for the first time when the Boston Celtics come calling on Friday.

With a new starting lineup, the Heat receive a huge contribution from the entire team en route to a convincing 110-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.

Having troubles with production from his reserves, Miami coach Pat Riley pulled Ricky Davis and Jason Williams from the starting five, and they responded with 34 combined points.

"We were front-loaded and not playing well," Riley said. "This balances the energy. I'm looking for balance across the board - energy, talent and skills."

The Heat haven't put together back-to-back wins since defeating Indiana and Washington from April 11-13 last season.

Boston once again took care of business at home, blasting the lackluster New York Knicks, 104-59, on Thursday. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each scored 21 points.

While the Celtics are crushing opponents by double digits at home, both of their losses have come away from TD Banknorth Garden.

On November 16, Kevin Garnett's 26 points led a balanced attack as Boston held off a late fourth-quarter surge from Miami for a 92-91 victory.