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Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Wade burns Rockets

Heat extend road winning streak to 10 games

HOUSTON (AP) Dwyane Wade left Houston with a bloody lip and a new season high in points.

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Body check: Miami's Dwyane Wade drives on Houston's Kevin Martin in the first quarter on Wednesday night. The Heat beat the Rockets 125-119. AP PHOTO

Wade scored 45 points and the Miami Heat extended their road winning streak to 10 games with a 125-119 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.

The Heat set a franchise record with their 10th road win of the month and became the first team in NBA history to win 10 consecutive road games in a calendar month.

Houston point guard Aaron Brooks smacked Wade in the face on a fast break early in the fourth quarter, and Wade crumpled to the floor. He stayed face-down on the floor for several seconds, but eventually got up and walked to the bench with a towel covering a cut on his upper lip.

He needed stitches to close the cut after the game, but didn't seem angry with Brooks.

"It doesn't feel that nice, but it's just a part of the game and hard fouls are a part of basketball," Wade said. "Unfortunately, I had to get stitches, but it's fine."

Wade hit 17 of 24 shots, went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and pulled down seven rebounds one night after scoring 40 points in a 106-98 win over the New York Knicks.

LeBron James scored 20 points and had nine assists and Chris Bosh scored 21 points for the Heat, who set a franchise record with their 15th win in December.

Pistons 104, Celtics 92

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Kevin Garnett left in the first quarter with a leg injury, and Boston looked ragged without him in a loss to Detroit.

The Celtics lost for only the second time in 17 games, but they're encountering some potentially serious adversity now. Garnett hurt himself on a dunk late in the first quarter, and although X-rays revealed no fracture in his right leg, he didn't return.

Lakers 103, Hornets 88

In New Orleans, Lamar Odom responded to his first time out of the starting lineup this season by scoring 24 points, and Los Angeles convincingly ended a three-game losing streak.

The Lakers' Kobe Bryant added 20 points, while Andrew Bynum scored 18 points.

Nuggets 119, T-Wolves 113

In Minneapolis, Chauncey Billups scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three huge 3-pointers to lift Denver.

Thunder 114, Nets 93

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 27 points before taking the fourth quarter off and the Thunder rolled past error-prone New Jersey.

Bobcats 101, Cavaliers 92

In Charlotte, Stephen Jackson scored 38 points, D.J. Augustin added 28 and the Bobcats moved to 2-0 under interim coach Paul Silas with a victory over Cleveland.

76ers 123, Suns 110

In Phoenix, Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and Philadelphia beat the hosts.

Hawks 103, Warriors 93

In Atlanta, Josh Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Al Horford had 21 points and 15 rebounds and the Hawks beat Golden State.

Wizards 104, Pacers 90

In Washington, Nick Young had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the hosts over Indiana.

Kings 100, Grizzlies 98

In Sacramento, Tyreke Evans made a 3-pointer from midcourt as time expired, lifting the Kings.

Jazz 103, Clippers 95

In Los Angeles, Al Jefferson had 31 points and 10 rebounds as Utah beat the Clippers, winning its fourth straight on the road.

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