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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Bucks slow down Heat


MIAMI — Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles figured the most logical way to win in Miami would be to keep the Heat from running in their typical high-octane style.

Fortunately for the Bucks, the weary-legged Heat cooperated with that plan.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 16 off the bench and the Bucks — despite shooting 35 percent — snapped Miami's three-game winning streak with a 91-82 victory on Sunday night. It was the second straight road win for Milwaukee, which started 0-8 away from home and held Miami to a season-low 37 percent from the floor.

"Huge," said Milwaukee guard Shaun Livingston, who started both games, including Friday's win at the New York Knicks. "Especially for us being winless on the road and going 2-0 against two good teams, especially the quality team like the Heat, it's huge for your confidence."

Andrew Bogut scored 13 points for the Bucks, who got 10 apiece from Livingston and Stephen Jackson.

LeBron James finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which had won three straight. Chris Bosh scored 23 for the Heat, who got 12 from Mario Chalmers. Milwaukee turned 22 Miami turnovers into 22 points and the Heat tied an NBA season-low with nine assists, matching their second-lowest total in the franchise's 1,870-game history.

Miami had wins over San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia in a five-day span ending Saturday. And the tanks were apparently emptied.

"We can't make no excuses for ourselves," James said. "But no one had energy from the start of the game to the end."

Pacers 98, Lakers 96

In Los Angeles, Roy Hibbert scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter playing with a broken nose to help Indiana beat the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points for Los Angeles, but missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to play.

The Lakers, coming off road losses to Miami and Orlando, failed to reach 100 points for the 11th straight game.

Celtics 100, Wizards 94

In Washington, Paul Pierce had season highs with 34 points and 10 assists and tied his season-best mark with eight rebounds to lead Boston past the Wizards.

Clippers 103, Raptors 91

In Los Angeles, Mo Williams scored 19 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Clippers sent Toronto to its eighth straight loss.

Nets 97, Bobcats 87

In Newark, New Jersey, Deron Williams had 19 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Nets over Charlotte.

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