Denver (32-24) at Miami (24-32)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Sat Feb 21, 2004
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It’s not often the Miami Heat win a game by more than 30 points.

After turning in their most dominant offensive performance of the season, the Heat will try to maintain their momentum when they host the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Arena.

Miami has won three straight, including a 125-92 rout of the undermanned Atlanta Hawks on Friday. The Heat’s longest winning streak this season is four games from Dec. 9-16.

Eddie Jones scored 24 points and rookie Dwyane Wade added 22 as seven Miami players scored at least eight points against Atlanta. The Hawks were playing with just eight players due to injuries and uncompleted paperwork on the trade-deadline deal that sent Rasheed Wallace to Detroit.

Miami center Brian Grant, who scored 17 points, said the Hawks’ troubles did not diminish the Heat’s dominance. Their 125 points were a season high, and they shot 59.3 percent from the field.

“We’ve been on the other end of it,” Grant said. “It’s nice to go out there and see everything you put up go in.”

The Nuggets, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference, had won three straight before opening a three-game trip with a 102-98 loss at Orlando on Friday.

Rookie forward Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 35 points, but just four in the fourth quarter. Denver was outrebounded 57-40 and made just two of its 11 3-point attempts.

Reserve center Michael Doleac will make his debut with the Nuggets in Miami. Denver was awarded Doleac on a waiver claim Friday. He was released by the Hawks on Wednesday, three days after he arrived in Atlanta from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade.

Doleac averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 46 games for the Knicks.

“We are thrilled to be able to add Michael to our team,” Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe. “He is a skilled, experienced big man with toughness and a great shooting touch.”

To make room for Doleac, the Nuggets placed center Francisco Elson on the injured list with a right groin strain.

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