Chicago (11-23) at Miami (14-20)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Jan 7, 2004
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The Miami Heat have had an interesting homestand so far.

Coming off its best offensive game of the season, Miami was held to a season-low point total in Monday’s 87-65 loss to Indiana. The Heat shot 33 percent and were held to their lowest score since Feb. 1, 2003.

Miami will finish off its three-game set at AmericanAirlines Arena against Chicago on Wednesday.

Lamar Odom had a career-high 18 rebounds but shot just 3-of-14 for 11 points in the loss to the Pacers. Teammate Eddie Jones, who had a season-high 33-point game in Friday’s 112-101 win over Orlando, was held to 12.

“Balls were just going in and out,” Odom said. “You have nights like that.”

Miami scored just 11 points in the third quarter and missed 12 consecutive shots in the fourth quarter.

“The frustration of the third quarter and all the shots we missed—we gave into the frustration a little bit,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “When it went bad, we lost our heads and didn’t stay with our game.”

Miami will close out a three-game homestand against a struggling Chicago squad.

The Bulls have dropped six of their last 10 games, but beat Phoenix 87-82 on Monday night. Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, Jerome Williams added 13 points and 15 rebounds and Rick Brunson hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds.

“With the way the wins are coming, we will take them anyway we can,” Gill said. “We are not only struggling as a team, but we are struggling individually, but we have to keep playing and regroup, get our games together.”

Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who went on the injured list Friday with a bone bruise in his right wrist, will probably miss the entire six-game trip that begins Friday, Van Gundy said. Wade is wearing a cast and will be re-evaluated Thursday.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 5): Bulls - 6th place, 14 GB, Central Division. Heat - 4th place, 5 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bulls - F Williams, F Kendall Gill, C Antonio Davis, G Jamal Crawford, G Hinrich. Heat - F Caron Butler, F Odom, C Brian Grant, G Rafer Alston, G Jones

TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Crawford, 17 ppg and 5.7 apg; Tyson Chandler, 10.3 rpg. Heat - Jones, 18.2 ppg; Odom, 9 rpg; Wade, 4.4 apg.


LAST MEETING: Dec. 29; Heat, 90-83. At Chicago, Grant scored 12 of his 18 points in the pivotal third quarter when Miami outscored Chicago 30-17. The Heat scored 57 points on 50 percent shooting in the second half and turned the ball over just twice in the last 24 minutes. Jerome Williams led the Bulls with 16 rebounds and 14 points.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 5-11 on the road; Heat - 10-6 at home.

INJURIES: Bulls - F Scottie Pippen (knee); F Chandler (back); F Chris Jefferies (back); G Jay Williams (pelvis/knee). Heat - G Wade (wrist); F John Wallace (knee); F Udonis Haslem (knee).

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