Atlanta (18-36) at Miami (23-32)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Fri Feb 20, 2004
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The Atlanta Hawks were involved in the biggest deal on the day of the NBA’s trading deadline.

A day after trading former All-Star Rasheed Wallace, Atlanta visits the Miami Heat.

The Hawks sent Wallace to Detroit in a three-team deal after he appeared in just one game for Atlanta, a 98-92 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.

In return, the Pistons sent center Zeljko Rebraca, guard Bob Sura and a first-round draft pick to the Hawks. That pick will come from Milwaukee this year if the Bucks make the playoffs. Atlanta also received Chris Mills from the Boston Celtics.

The Hawks were in need of something after trading away top player Shareef Abdur-Rahim to Portland last week. Atlanta needs to win 23 of its remaining 28 games to avoid a fifth straight losing season.

“As with our other recent trades, this is a move that can help us going forward,” Hawks general manager Billy Knight said. “We also believe the players we’re getting will help us this year, and possibly in the future.”

The Heat, who made no moves Thursday, are two games behind Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Miami has won two straight following a five-game losing streak.

Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, two short of his career high, to lead the Heat to a 97-85 victory over Utah on Tuesday.

Wade tied Sherman Douglas’ club rookie record by scoring at least 30 points in three straight games. He was 8-for-13 from the field and 14-for-17 from the free-throw line, both career highs.

“When Eddie (Jones) or when Dwyane scores, the Heat scoreboard lights up,” teammate Lamar Odom said. “I love when Dwyane gets cooking. It gets to a point where he is fun to watch, where I become a fan.”

Miami has won four of the last five against Atlanta and is 20-9 against the Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

STANDINGS (through Feb. 18): Hawks - 7th place, 21 GB, Central Division. Heat - 3rd place (tied), 10 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Hawks - F Boris Diaw, F Stephen Jackson, C Joel Przybilla, G Dion Glover, G Jason Terry. Heat - F Caron Butler, F Odom, C Brian Grant, G Wade, G Jones.

TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Terry, 15.8 ppg and 5.2 apg; Glover, 4.5 rpg. Heat - Jones, 17.7 ppg; Odom, 9.8 rpg; Odom and Alston, 4.4 apg.


LAST MEETING: Dec. 16; Heat, 97-79. At Miami, Wade shot 15-for-22 and had 32 points and nine assists, while Odom had his fourth straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 7-20 on the road; Heat - 15-10 at home.

INJURIES: Hawks - Alan Henderson (back); G-F Travis Hansen (foot); G Jacque Vaughn (ankle); G Terrell Brandon (leg); F Obinna Ekezie (knee). Heat - C Wang Zhizhi (ankle); F Samaki Walker (ankle); F Jerome Beasley (back).

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