Miami (37-39) at Chicago (22-54)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Apr 3, 2004
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The Miami Heat want the fourth seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs.

A win over the Chicago Bulls would certainly help their chances.

The surging Heat will try for their first season-series sweep of the Bulls when the teams meet at the United Center.

Miami has won nine of 11 to go from a certain lottery team to sixth place in the East, just one game out of the coveted fourth spot, currently occupied by Milwaukee.

The Heat lost some momentum on Friday as they scored just 39 points in the second half of a 92-84 loss at Detroit.

However, history shows the Heat may rebound nicely as they have won 11 of the last 14 matchups with the Bulls, including all three meetings this season. To complete the sweep, Miami will have to overcome its 8-20 all-time record in Chicago.

The Heat have struggled on the road all season, winning just 11 of 38 games. They have dropped seven of their last 11 away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Bulls are coming off a 114-110 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Eddy Curry scored 27 points, and put Chicago up for good with a hook shot over Elton Brand with 23 seconds left in overtime.

Jamal Crawford had 24 points and 12 assists, Kirk Hinrich added 21 points and Jannero Pargo had 20.

The last time four Bulls scored 20-plus points in a game came in a 132-128 overtime loss to Cleveland at Chicago Stadium on Nov. 16, 1985.

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