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                  === Heat head to Philly to battle 76ers ===
 (  - The  Miami  Heat  are in  uncharted  waters with  three
 straight  losses  and will make a  return to Philadelphia Friday night to face
 the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
 The  Heat were bounced by the Sixers, 114-110, back on Oct. 30 in south Philly
 and  had  won 15 straight in  the series. Still, Miami  is 17-3 in the last 20
 meetings  with Philadelphia and 7-1 in the previous eight contests in the City
 of Brotherly Love.
 Miami  has dropped  three in  a row  after winning  three straight  and hasn't
 suffered  four straight  losses since a five-game drought from Feb. 27 - March
 8,  2011. In  Wednesday's 114-97 defeat at Washington, Chris Bosh (26), LeBron
 James  (25)  and Norris  Cole (15)  were the  only players  to score in double
 figures  for Miami, which  made 44 percent from the floor and is winless (0-3)
 on a six-game road trip.
 Dwyane Wade ended with eight points in the loss, as the Heat fell to 11-8 away
 from South Beach this season. Washington scored a season-high 43 points in the
 first quarter, as well as a season-high 69 points at the half, to take a 69-48
 lead into halftime.
 Greg  Oden made an appearance for the Heat and had six points and two rebounds
 in less than nine minutes. Oden, the former No. 1 pick Miami signed in August,
 dressed  for the  first time  in the  regular season  since Dec.  5, 2009  for
 Portland,  which  drafted him in  2007 only to see  the 7-footer play 82 total
 games because of bad knees before cutting him.
 "It  feels very good, but I wish we could've won," Oden said. "That's the most
 important thing."
 The  Heat will also visit Charlotte and Atlanta on the journey. In injury news
 for  the Heat,  guard Mario  Chalmers  (Achilles) and  forward Chris  Andersen
 (soreness) are questionable against the 76ers.
 Philadelphia  ended  a four-game  losing streak  in dramatic fashion Wednesday
 versus  the  Charlotte Bobcats,  as Thaddeus Young  buried the game-winning 3-
 pointer in the waning seconds to lift the Sixers.
 "I  don't  know what  they were thinking  when they both  ran to Mike (Carter-
 Williams) and I was kind of like wide-open," Young said of Charlotte's defense
 on his go-ahead jumper.
 Young had just 11 points versus the Bobcats, but is posting an average of 19.3
 ppg in his past 23 games. He has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last
 12 contests (13 overall).
 Evan  Turner  had a team-best  23 points on 10-of-19 shooting, Carter-Williams
 tallied  20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Spencer Hawes chipped
 in  17 points to go along with 14 boards. The Sixers, who turned the ball over
 24 times for 25 Charlotte points, made 50.6 percent of their shots and stopped
 a three-game slide at home.
 Hawes  is  averaging 16.7  points and  10.3 rebounds in  his last three games,
 while Carter-Williams has posted 20-plus points in three of the last four.
 After  hosting the  two-time defending champion Heat, the Sixers, who are 8-11
 at  home, will play three straight on the road against Chicago, Washington and
 New York.
 01/17 10:19:27 ET