Miami (20-27) at New Orleans (26-20)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Sat Jan 31, 2004
  • TV: WBFS
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The Miami Heat might have finally figured out the New Orleans Hornets. Now they just need to do it on the road.

After ending a 10-game losing streak in the series, the Heat look for some success on the road against the Hornets when they visit the New Orleans Arena.

Miami posted a 91-87 home victory over the Hornets on Nov. 25, ending a 10-game slide against the Heat that included a sweep by the then-Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 2001 playoffs.

The Heat had not beaten the Hornets since April 6, 2001.

“It especially feels good to beat the Hornets because they’ve had our number ever since I got here,” said forward Brian Grant, who is in his fourth season in Miami. “It’s been a while. It’s a good start for this team.”

The Heat have dropped five straight regular season road games to the Hornets since an 85-80 win on Nov. 20, 2000.

Miami enters with victories in four of its last five games overall, including a 97-88 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Lamar Odom led the Heat with 25 points and 14 rebounds against his former team, and Eddie Jones added 16 points.

Odom, the Heat’s second leading-scorer at 17 points a game, is shooting 51 percent (28-55) over his last four contests. He is averaging 19.8 points over that stretch.

The Hornets had their three-game win streak end in Friday’s 85-82 loss at Philadelphia. Jamal Mashburn, playing only his second game after missing the first 44 of the season following knee surgery, led the Hornets with 20 points.

The veteran forward had 24 points, including the game-winning shot, in his season debut Wednesday against Milwaukee. Mashburn, who played four seasons in Miami before being traded on Aug. 1, 2000, is averaging 21.3 points in 17 career games against the Heat.

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