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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-01-31

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-01-31
Miami, which is 15-7 at home, fifth-best in the Eastern Conference, will try to harness its homecourt advantage for Saturday's game against Dallas. The Mavs have beaten the Heat in their last eight regular-season meetings.

Miami is hoping it can end that streak at AmericanAirlines Arena, where it has sold-out eight of its last nine games and won three consecutive games.

"I know this group. They feel excited, enthusiastic playing in front of our home crowd and they're trying to continue to build on the advantage there," coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Aside from getting trounced by Boston, 98-83, a couple of weeks ago, the Heat has done very well at home. Its losses came against San Antonio, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Portland, Toronto and Milwaukee. Among its victories are the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland, Orlando and Atlanta.

The Heat is trying desperately to make their arena a tough place to play, and it's been relatively successful so far.

"The home team should always have an advantage at home," Shawn Marion said.

PACERS 114, HEAT 103: Miami has now lost 13 consecutive regular-season games at Conseco Fieldhouse. The streak is 16 consecutive if you count the three losses in the 2004 playoffs.

Yes, things are bad for the Heat in Indiana, and it was no different Friday. The Pacers hit 15 three-pointers, tying a season-high for a Miami opponent.

"They just drilled us," coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Indiana has defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston and Atlanta at Conseco Fieldhouse, and it had a two-point overtime loss to Orlando. They're dangerous at home.

Indiana beats Miami at Conseco Fieldhouse. That's putting things simply. The Heat is 5-38 in Indiana.

"We didn't come out and act like we were aware of how good this team is here," said Dwyane Wade.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem was ejected with 3:03 left in the first quarter and guard Mario Chalmers picked up his fourth and fifth fouls early in the third quarter. Combine those losses with the absence of Shawn Marion (strained left groin) and you can see how the Heat got in trouble.

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