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Magic Vs. Heat: Miami Looks To Even Season Series With Orlando

The Miami Heat look to avenge their loss last week to the Orlando Magic and even the season series against Dwight Howard an company.

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The Miami Heat host the Orlando Magic in a Sunday night showdown in the NBA's Southeast Division. Miami is 18-2 at home and come into the game having lost two of their past three games this week, including an overtime loss to the Magic. Orlando All-Star center Dwight Howard had a monster 20-20 game just five days ago in their win over Miami.

Since that game, there's been a little drama between the two clubs. Dwight Howard decided to opt-in and stay on board with the Magic through next season. During his press conference to announce the move, Howard continually cited loyalty as a reason for staying in Orlando. During the press conference, Heat guard Dwyane Wade sent out a tweet simply saying "Loyaly, hahahaha." He later backed off and said the tweet was not necessarily directed at Howard but it was hard to believe that explanation. It should be a hotly-contested game between two of the best teams in the Eastern conference, and two rivals.

Date/Time: Sunday March 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL


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