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Heat hoping to end struggles in San Antonio

Nov 22, 2006 - 2:06 PM Miami (4-5) at San Antonio (9-2) 7:30 pm EST

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) - The Miami Heat have not enjoyed their trips to San Antonio over the years.

The Heat try to post a rare road victory against the Spurs when the last two NBA champions square off Wednesday night.

Miami has won just once in 19 all-time contests in San Antonio, including eight consecutive defeats. The Spurs posted a 98-84 victory over the Heat the last time the teams met here on December 7 as Tim Duncan collected 28 points and 16 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored 27 points.

San Antonio is coming off its third straight win, a 107-98 triumph against Portland on Monday as Duncan and Ginobili both scored 25 points. Tony Parker chipped in 14 points for the Spurs, who improved to 6-0 on the road and 7-0 when they score at least 100 points.

Miami doesn't have much to brag about these days, having lost four of its last five games following Tuesday's 101-86 setback to New Orleans. Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and Dorell Wright contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who shot under 37 percent (32-of-87) and made just 4-of-22 shots from the arc.

The Heat will be without star center Shaquille O'Neal for at least three more weeks as the former MVP recovers from knee surgery.

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