Heat welcome Sixers to South Beach

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will try to even their record on this current homestand Tuesday night when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat started this seven-game stay with back-to-back losses against the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards, but got back on track a bit with a win last time out.

Miami drubbed the Boston Celtics, 100-84, on Sunday.

Luol Deng scored 23 points to lead the Heat. Rookie James Ennis posted his best scoring game as a pro, going for 16 points to help Miami snap its five- game home losing streak.

Norris Cole had 15 points and Mario Chalmers supplied 11 points and 10 assists in the win. Shawne Williams also finished with 11 and Udonis Haslem added 10 off the bench.

"Six guys in double figures, but finding out Dwyane and Hassan were out, the guys had a really tough-minded effort," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

Heat forward Chris Bosh (calf) missed his fifth straight game, while Dwyane Wade (right knee contusion), Hassan Whiteside (left toe) and Josh McRoberts (knee) were also inactive.

The Heat have a huge Christmas matchup ahead when LeBron James returns for the first time since signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Memphis and Orlando also visit South Beach during Miami's homestand.

The 76ers began a seven-game road odyssey Sunday night with a 96-88 win over the Orlando Magic.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams finished with 21 points and six assists to lead the Sixers.

Five players reached double figures for Philadelphia as it ended a five-game losing streak. Nerlens Noel posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Sims and Robert Covington joined Noel by posting double-doubles as well. Sims had 12 points and 12 boards, with Covington recording 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"We needed to reclaim our spirit and we didn't have that the last two games," 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

Philly is 3-9 on the road, which is certainly not great, but better than its 0-14 record at home.

The 76ers have committed 17 or more turnovers in nine straight games.

The Heat beat the Sixers by 18 in Philadelphia on Nov. 1 and are 10-2 in their last 12 versus Philly. The 76ers actually beat the Heat in Miami late in the 2013-14 campaign to halt a 13-game road losing streak in this series, including the playoffs.