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Miami goes for their 74th all-time win over the Washington Bullets/Wizards franchise.

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Tonight at 7PM, the 9-7 Miami Heat will visit the 10-5 Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. This is the second of four matchups this season between the divisional foes. Miami won the first, 107-95 in the season opener for both teams, and they'll face off again on December 19th in Miami and on March 6th back in the Nation's Capital. Miami is finishing up a short two-game road trip tonight. They defeated the New York Knicks last night by a score of 86-79. They'll return to Miami to host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Wizards will be playing in the second game of a four game homestand. They started out by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans, 83-80 on Saturday night and will go on to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Miami last played the Wizards on October 29th, and cruised to a 107-95 triumph. Chris Bosh led Miami with 26 points, hitting half of his 18 shots, including three-of-four from outside. He also had 15 rebounds and four assists. Norris Cole pitched in with 23 points, and Dwyane Wade got in on the act with 21 points. For the Wizards, Marcin Gortat had 18 points and seven boards, Drew Gooden scored 18 with five, Paul Pierce added 17 with six rebounds and five assists, and John Wall scored 16 with 11 assists. * Box Score * Full Recap

I'm just happy to be playing basketball again in front of this great crowd and this great city. We have so much going for ourselves right now. I like to win. It doesn't matter how we do it. We can get better. - Bosh

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Last night, the Heat defeated the Knicks in New York City, 86-79. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 27 points, going 11-of-18 and making nine-of-10 from the field in the second half. He also pitched in with five rebounds and five assists. Chris Bosh had 20 points with nine boards, and Luol Deng had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led all players with 31 points, making 11-of-26 shots along with eight rebounds. Amar'e Stoudamire scored 19 with 12. Nobody else on the Knicks finished in double figures. * Full Recap

The Wizards had their last game action on Saturday night, when they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 83-80. The Wizards were led by Marcin Gortat, who scored 24 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks. Bradley Beal had a dozen with three assists, while John Wall had 11 with seven helpers and three steals. Kris Humphries had 11 rebounds. For New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored 30 with 13 rebounds, Jrue Holiday had 17 with seven rebounds, and Ryan Anderson pitched in with 11 points. * Box Score * Full Recap

He can score in so many different ways. We have to make sure we have to stop him inside and outside. It's fun when you're scoring and scoring against one of the best defenders in the league. It's a lot of fun. I believe I should do this every day. - Gortat, regarding Anthony Davis

The Bird Writes has more on the Pelicans.

GameTime: 7PM ET

Where2Watch: LEAGUE PASS, CSN, Sun Sports

Where2Listen: NBA Game Time Audio, WNEW 99.1 FM / WFED, 104.3 The Ticket

All-Time Record: Miami is 73-33 against the Wizards. They haven't defeated any other team more than 60 times (Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks).

Current Record

Miami Heat: 9-7, .563, on pace for 46-36. Third in the Southeast Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 12th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-W-L-W. Playoff Odds: 84.1%

Washington Wizards: 10-5, .667, on pace for 55-27, First in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference, ninth in the NBA. Last Five: W-W-L-L-W. Playoff Odds: 94.0%

Elsewhere

San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7PM
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz, 9PM
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30PM

This Day in HEATstory

Miami is 7-3 on December 1st, including victories in their last four matches. They've played every December 1st since 2008 (the NBA was not playing on December 1st, 2011).

1989 - Nets 101, HEAT 77
1990 - Warriors 137, HEAT 111
1995 - HEAT 108, Hornets 101, OT
1999 - HEAT 90, 76ers 83
2000 - Jazz 94, HEAT 92
2008 - HEAT 130, Warriors 129, OT
2009 - HEAT 107, Trailblazers 100
2010 - HEAT 97, Pistons 72
2012 - HEAT 102, Nets 89
2013 - HEAT 99, Bobcats 98

HEAT Birthday

Original HEAT player Billy Thompson turns 51 today. He appeared in 231 games over parts of Miami's first three seasons, averaging 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Probable Starting Lineups

Miami HEAT

PG - Norris Cole
PF - Luol Deng
C - Chris Bosh
SF - Shawne Williams
SG - Dwyane Wade

Washington Wizards

PG - John Wall
PF - Nene Hilario
C - Marcin Gortat
SF - Paul Pierce
SG - Garrett Temple

Tune in for the GameThread, going live prior to the tip tonight at 7PM. Check back later for the postgame, and tune in tomorrow night for a double-strength Five Stars. Keep it right here at Hot Hot Hoops for all of your Heat news in the meantime.