Miami (25-34) at Milwaukee (31-27)

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  • Game info: 3:00 pm EST Sun Feb 29, 2004
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The Milwaukee Bucks will shoot for their first three-game winning streak in more than a month as they host the Miami Heat.

Milwaukee, which last won three straight from Jan. 21-26, is coming off a 106-104 win over Memphis on Friday night. It was the second straight two-point victory for the Bucks, who beat Boston by the identical score Wednesday.

The victory snapped a two-game home losing streak for Milwaukee, which got another standout performance from newly acquired forward Keith Van Horn.

Van Horn, making his first start for Milwaukee after being traded from New York on Feb. 15, tied his season high with 30 points. Van Horn came off the bench in his first four games, but replaced Joe Smith (sprained left ankle) in the starting lineup Friday.

“I’m not concerned with starting and not starting,” Van Horn said. “I just want to go out there with whatever minutes I play and help this team win in whatever way that I can. That’s my only focus. I’m not concerned with who starts and who doesn’t. I just want to win.”

Van Horn was acquired from New York in a three-way deal that sent Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed to the Knicks. It hasn’t taken him long to fit in with his new teammates.

“Like I said when I got here, I felt that this team had a lot of guys that play together very well, that understood the game, that played unselfishly,” Van Horn said. “It’s made it a lot easier for me to fit in.”

Miami has lost two in a row after winning a season high-tying four straight. On Saturday, the Heat squandered a 10-point halftime lead en route to a 92-86 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

Eddie Jones scored 21 points, Caron Butler added 18 and rookie Dwayne Wade had 17 for the Heat, who were limited to 38 second-half points.

Lamar Odom had 10 points in 17 foul-plagued minutes for Miami, which made only seven field goal in the final quarter.

“It was a long game and I had to watch most of it,” said Odom, who fouled out.

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