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Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Wade sparks Heat victory

MILWAUKEE (AP) There it was in the visitor's locker room, written seven times on Miami's white board.

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Sky hook: Marc Gasol of the Grizzles puts up a shot over Utah's Al Jefferson on Monday night. The Jazz won 94-85. AP PHOTO

Road warriors.

The Heat thrived in the rowdy atmosphere in Cleveland on Thursday, and just kept rolling in their next road game in Milwaukee.

Dwyane Wade had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds back in the city where his career took off and the Heat beat the Bucks 88-78 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

"We understand that it takes defense to win," Wade said. "Especially on the road, not only defense, but rebounding the ball. I think we did a great job tonight of team rebounding."

LeBron James added 17 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Miami used a 17-2 run in the first half to take control, then weathered a late scoring drought before James, Wade and Bosh hit clutch shots in the closing minutes of the opener of a four-game road trip.

"It doesn't really matter what we do, if we lose, everyone (says) it doesn't work. If we win, they should be doing it," said Wade, who had 26 points in Miami's 89-77 home win against Atlanta on Saturday night. "Everyone talks about the Miami Heat, they're always comparing us to teams like Boston, Orlando, the Lakers, but those teams have been playing together for over 300 games. We've played together, what, 20 something games? We've got a long way to go."

Bulls 99, Thunder 90

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 13 of his 29 points in the Bulls' big third quarter, leading Chicago to the victory.

Luol Deng added 19 points for the Bulls, who outscored the Thunder 29-18 in the pivotal third. Derrick Rose had 11 points and nine assists, but shot 3 for 13 from the field.

Hawks 80, Magic 74

In Orlando, Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby made a critical 3-pointer in the final minute and Atlanta picked up its sixth win in the last seven games.

Al Horford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Jamal Crawford had 15 points and Bibby finished with 13.

Knicks 121, Timberwolves 114

In New York, Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the surging Knicks to their fifth straight victory.

Wilson Chandler added 21 points and Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9, the first time they've been four games over .500 since finishing the 2000-01 season with a 48-34 record.

Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams had 27 points and eight assists to power Utah to the win.

Williams admittedly struggled as the Jazz lost 93-81 to Dallas on Friday, snapping a seven-game winning streak. But he overcame early foul trouble against Memphis to get Utah back on track.

Pacers 124, Raptors 100

In Indianapolis, Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points, Danny Granger had 21 and the Pacers put seven players in double figures.

Clippers 98, Kings 91

In Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 29 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to lift the Clippers to a victory over Sacramento.

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