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When, where: Tonight, 7:30, at TD Banknorth Garden.

TV, radio: FSN, WRKO (680).

Records: Miami is 41-34 (fifth in the Eastern Conference); Boston is 23-51 (15th in the Eastern Conference).

Scoring: Shaquille O'Neal 17.2, Jason Williams 11.2, Jason Kapono 11.0.

Rebounding: Udonis Haslem 8.3, O'Neal 7.3, James Posey 5.1.

Assists: Williams 5.2, Gary Payton 2.9, Eddie Jones 2.4.

Head to head: This is the second and final meeting. The Heat won, 91-79, in Boston Feb. 7.

Miscellany: Their 94-90 victory over Cleveland last night clinched a playoff spot for the Heat, making it the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the defending champs . . . O'Neal has shot 63 percent from the field in his last 10 games, but just 42 percent from the free throw line . . . Dwyane Wade, who injured his shoulder and labrum Feb. 21, has returned to practice for the Heat. The All-Star guard has missed the last 22 games.

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