Miller extends streak despite strain

Updated: February 21, 2009, 6:36 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Miller extended the NBA's longest current streak of games played to 502 on Saturday, facing the Miami Heat three days after straining his right calf.

He's missed only three games in his 10-year career, the last of those coming Jan. 24, 2003, when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers and sat out against the Minnesota Timberwolves for personal reasons.

"Knowing Andre's personality, I don't think [the streak] even matters to him," 76ers coach Tony DiLeo said.

Detroit's Tayshaun Prince has the second-longest current streak of consecutive appearances, at 465. Derek Fisher (304) of the Los Angeles Lakers is third and the 76ers' Samuel Dalembert (who played in his 244th straight on Saturday) is fourth.

Miller is averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 assists this season.

For the Heat, forward James Jones (right wrist) was inactive. Jones, who missed the first half of the season with an injury to the same wrist, was hurt in Wednesday's loss to Minnesota, but coach Erik Spoelstra said his condition was improving.

"The swelling is way down," Spoelstra said.

Jones could play Sunday when Miami visits Orlando.

Taking Jones' spot on the active roster was Dorell Wright, who has played in only one game this season -- on Oct. 31 -- while recovering from surgery to remove debris from his left knee. Wright also missed Miami's final 24 games last season because of knee problems.

Yahkouba Diawara started at small forward for Miami, taking the spot Jones had in Wednesday's lineup.

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