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Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Heat fall to Bucks despite Wade's return from suspension

AP

MILWAUKEE — Dwyane Wade's return to the lineup wasn't nearly enough for Miami.

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Shock to the system: Milwaukee's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute drives on Miami's LeBron James during the Bucks' 104-85 win on Saturday. AP

Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Heat 104-85 on Saturday night.

Wade was back after serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and making contact with guard Ramon Sessions' groin during the Heat's 105-92 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. Wade sat out Miami's 109-99 loss to Detroit on Friday night, which snapped the Heat's six-game winning streak.

"Obviously, the last 48 hours has not gone the way we wanted it to," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We don't want to make any excuses about it. Milwaukee kicked our butt. They were the better team tonight. We will gather ourselves, get to Orlando and start to work on it."

Wade had 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, four assists, six rebounds and three turnovers. LeBron James scored 26 as Miami failed to reach 100 points for just the third time in 28 games.

"It's going to take time," Wade said. "We go through this every year. It's a part of the journey. You have to have these moments throughout the season. To win later in the year, you have something to pull from."

The Bucks improved to 16-12, their best 28-game start since opening the 2005-06 season 17-11. Miami (20-8) fell to 6-6 on the road.

Wade said the Heat would love to be undefeated on the road, but that isn't going to happen.

"In the bigger picture, you have to go through these tough moments and have to figure it out as a team," he said. "That's what we're doing right now."

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 19 points for the Bucks, and Larry Sanders had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Monta Ellis added 14 points as Milwaukee avenged a 113-106 overtime loss to the Heat in Miami on Nov. 21.

Dunleavy also had nine rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Bucks, who outscored Miami 35-14 in the fourth.

After Jennings hit a 3-pointer, Miami called a timeout and removed Wade, James and Chris Bosh with the Bucks ahead 100-79 with 3:13 to play. That was Milwaukee's biggest lead and it didn't slip below 17 the rest of the way.

Bosh had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who came in averaging 103.4 points a game while the Bucks were at 95.6.

Thunder 124, Rockets 94

In Houston, Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter.

Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Oklahoma City had another big run early in the third quarter to put the game further out of reach.

Hornets 98, Bobcats 95

In Charlotte, Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping New Orleans overcome a 21-point first-half deficit.

Nets 103, Cavaliers 100

In New York, Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Grizzlies 81, Nuggets 72

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points for the Grizzlies down the stretch.

Warriors 101, Celtics 83

In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, David Lee scored 20 points and Golden State routed the short-handed Celtics to end a memorable month.

Hawks 109, Pacers 100

In Atlanta, Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Hawks beat Indiana for their fourth consecutive win.

Raptors 123, Magic 88

In Orlando, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists.

Timberwolves 111, Suns 107

In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards.

Bulls 87, Wizards 77

In Chicago, Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points.

Trail Blazers 89, 76ers 85

In Portland, Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and the Blazers beat Philadelphia.



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