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    Miami's LeBron James fouled Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings last night during the Heat's 88-78 win.
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MILWAUKEE » There it was in the visitor’s locker room, written seven times on Miami’s white board.

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 last 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.

"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."

Corey Maggette scored 20 points for the Bucks.

Wade’s three-point play gave Miami a seemingly comfortable 74-61 lead early in the fourth, but the Heat stumbled down the stretch with four missed shots and four turnovers during a 4 1/2 -minute scoreless stretch.

Chris Douglas-Roberts hit a 3-pointer, Brandon Jennings added a free throw and Ersan Ilyasova made a 16-footer to make it 74-71.

After a Miami timeout, the Heat went back to James, who waited for Maggette to pass by on defense before making a 15-footer. After a Jennings miss, Wade hit an 18-foot jumper over Douglas-Roberts.

James then swatted away Maggette’s attempt at the rim and Bosh hit a reverse layup around Andrew Bogut to make it 80-71 as the Bucks missed nine straight shots before Maggette’s three-point play.

But Wade once again answered with an 18-foot jumper with 2:07 left and the Bucks couldn’t get closer.

 

Bulls 99, Thunder 90

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

Luol Deng added 19 points for Chicago, which outscored the Thunder 29-18 in the pivotal third.

 

Hawks 80, Magic 74

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

Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead surging New York to its 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

Deron Williams had 27 points and eight assists to power Utah to the win.

C.J. Miles had 20 points for the Jazz. He also blocked two shots and had a pair of steals while holding Rudy Gay in check. Gay finished with 18 points on 8-for-22 shooting.

 

Pacers 124, Raptors 100

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

Rush, a reserve, was 10-for-18 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range.

 

Clippers 98, Kings 91

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

The Clippers lost the lead with 5:13 remaining and trailed by four with 2 1/2 minutes to play. But Ryan Gomes and Gordon combined to score nine straight, with Gordon’s 3 giving Los Angeles a 94-91 lead.

 

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NBA Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division
  W L Pct GB
Boston 16 4 .800
New York 13 9 .591 4
Toronto 8 13 .381 8 1/2
Philadelphia 6 14 .300 10
New Jersey 6 15 .286 10 1/2
Southeast Division
  W L Pct GB
Orlando 15 6 .714
Atlanta 14 8 .636 1 1/2
Miami 14 8 .636 1 1/2
Charlotte 7 13 .350 7 1/2
Washington 6 13 .316 8
Central Division
  W L Pct GB
Chicago 11 8 .579
Indiana 10 9 .526 1
Cleveland 7 13 .350 4 1/2
Milwaukee 7 13 .350 4 1/2
Detroit 7 14 .333 5

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest Division
  W L Pct GB
San Antonio 17 3 .850
Dallas 16 4 .800 1
New Orleans 13 7 .650 4
Memphis 8 14 .364 10
Houston 7 13 .350 10
Northwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Utah 16 6 .727
Denver 13 6 .684 1 1/2
Oklahoma City 14 8 .636 2
Portland 9 11 .450 6
Minnesota 5 16 .238 10 1/2
Pacific Division
  W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 14 6 .700
Phoenix 11 9 .550 3
Golden State 8 12 .400 6
L.A. Clippers 5 17 .227 10
Sacramento 4 15 .211 9 1/2

Yesterday
» Indiana 124, Toronto 100
» Atlanta 80, Orlando 74
» New York 121, Minnesota 114
» Chicago 99, Oklahoma City 90
» Miami 88, Milwaukee 78
» Utah 94, Memphis 85
» L.A. Clippers 98, Sacramento 91

Today
» New Jersey at Atlanta, 2 p.m.
» Denver at Charlotte, 2 p.m.
» Cleveland at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
» Golden State at Dallas, 3:30 p.m.
» Detroit at Houston, 3:30 p.m.
» Phoenix at Portland, 5 p.m.
» Washington at L.A. Lakers, 5:30 p.m.

 

Clippers 98, Kings 91

SACRAMENTO
Greene 0-4 0-0 0, Thompson 2-4 1-2 5, Cousins 6-15 3-4 15, Udrih 1-10 0-0 2, Evans 5-19 5-5 16, Dalembert 2-5 2-4 6, Landry 4-9 7-8 15, Casspi 8-11 3-3 21, Garcia 0-2 0-0 0, Jeter 3-6 5-6 11. Totals 31-85 26-32 91.

L.A. CLIPPERS
Aminu 1-3 0-0 3, Griffin 5-12 3-4 13, Jordan 1-1 2-4 4, Bledsoe 4-12 5-6 15, Gordon 10-17 7-7 29, Gomes 7-12 2-2 17, Davis 2-8 0-0 4, Collins 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Butler 4-12 0-0 9. Totals 36-81 19-23 98.

Sacramento 20 24 19 28 91
L.A. Clippers 16 34 29 19 98

3-Point Goals–Sacramento 3-16 (Casspi 2-4, Evans 1-4, Jeter 0-1, Garcia 0-2, Greene 0-2, Udrih 0-3), L.A. Clippers 7-18 (Gordon 2-3, Bledsoe 2-5, Aminu 1-2, Gomes 1-2, Butler 1-5, Davis 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Sacramento 57 (Dalembert 11), L.A. Clippers 52 (Griffin 11). Assists–Sacramento 15 (Udrih, Evans, Cousins 3), L.A. Clippers 23 (Davis 8). Total Fouls–Sacramento 25, L.A. Clippers 24. A–14,964 (19,060).

 

Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS (85)
Gay 8-22 1-2 18, Randolph 8-17 1-3 17, Gasol 4-6 5-5 13, Conley 5-10 9-10 19, Henry 0-2 2-2 2, Mayo 3-9 0-1 6, Arthur 4-7 0-0 8, Vasquez 1-6 0-0 2, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 18-23 85.

UTAH (94)
Kirilenko 1-10 6-7 8, Millsap 3-11 1-2 7, Jefferson 5-13 2-2 12, Williams 11-21 4-4 27, Bell 5-7 0-0 14, Watson 1-2 0-0 2, Miles 7-14 3-3 20, Price 0-1 0-0 0, Fesenko 0-1 0-0 0, Elson 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 34-81 18-20 94.

Memphis 16 24 25 20 85
Utah 20 21 29 24 94

3-Point Goals–Memphis 1-11 (Gay 1-4, Randolph 0-1, Conley 0-1, Mayo 0-2, Vasquez 0-3), Utah 8-22 (Bell 4-5, Miles 3-7, Williams 1-7, Price 0-1, Kirilenko 0-1, Watson 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Memphis 52 (Randolph 14), Utah 48 (Jefferson 10). Assists–Memphis 15 (Conley, Gasol 5), Utah 18 (Williams 8). Total Fouls–Memphis 19, Utah 20. Technicals–Gasol. A–19,131 (19,911).

 

Bulls 99, Thunder 90

OKLAHOMA CITY
Durant 7-18 14-14 29, Green 1-9 5-5 7, Krstic 8-12 2-2 18, Westbrook 7-18 1-1 15, Sefolosha 1-6 0-0 3, Ibaka 1-2 0-0 2, Harden 3-12 6-9 13, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, Maynor 1-4 0-0 3, Mullens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-82 28-31 90.

CHICAGO
Deng 9-16 0-2 19, Boozer 13-21 3-4 29, Noah 3-8 0-0 6, Rose 3-13 4-4 11, Bogans 4-7 0-0 9, Asik 1-1 0-2 2, Brewer 2-3 2-2 6, Gibson 2-5 0-2 4, Watson 0-2 0-0 0, Korver 5-11 1-1 13. Totals 42-87 10-17 99.

OkC 22 26 18 24 90
Chicago 24 29 29 17 99

3-Point Goals–Oklahoma City 4-19 (Maynor 1-2, Sefolosha 1-3, Harden 1-4, Durant 1-5, Westbrook 0-1, Green 0-4), Chicago 5-11 (Korver 2-4, Rose 1-2, Bogans 1-2, Deng 1-2, Gibson 0-1). Fouled Out–Noah. Rebounds–Oklahoma City 50 (Sefolosha 8), Chicago 58 (Boozer, Noah 12). Assists–Oklahoma City 13 (Westbrook 7), Chicago 25 (Rose 9). Total Fouls–Oklahoma City 19, Chicago 24. Technicals–Sefolosha, Boozer, Chicago defensive three second 2. A–21,184 (20,917).

 

Heat 88, Bucks 78

MIAMI
James 7-16 2-4 17, Bosh 8-17 0-0 16, Ilgauskas 0-3 0-0 0, Arroyo 6-6 4-4 18, Wade 9-20 7-10 25, Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 2-3 0-0 6, Chalmers 1-3 0-0 2, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-72 13-18 88.

MILWAUKEE
Mbah a Moute 2-4 0-0 4, Sanders 5-12 0-0 10, Bogut 4-12 3-4 11, Jennings 5-16 1-2 13, Salmons 2-11 3-4 7, Ilyasova 1-5 2-2 4, Maggette 6-12 7-9 20, Dooling 0-4 2-2 2, Douglas-Roberts 2-2 2-2 7, Boykins 0-0 0-0 0, Brockman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-78 20-25 78.

Miami 25 21 23 19 88
Milwaukee 21 14 24 19 78

3-Point Goals–Miami 5-8 (Arroyo 2-2, Jones 2-3, James 1-3), Milwaukee 4-15 (Jennings 2-6, Maggette 1-1, Douglas-Roberts 1-1, Dooling 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2, Salmons 0-4). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Miami 52 (Wade 14), Milwaukee 46 (Bogut 13). Assists–Miami 20 (James 6), Milwaukee 17 (Salmons 4). Total Fouls–Miami 26, Milwaukee 20. A–17,167 (18,717).

 

Knicks 121, T’wolves 114

MINNESOTA
Beasley 10-18 4-4 25, Love 10-18 10-10 33, Milicic 4-4 2-2 10, Ridnour 6-9 1-1 16, Johnson 2-6 0-0 5, Brewer 3-7 0-0 7, Pekovic 0-3 1-2 1, Telfair 3-6 4-8 11, Ellington 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 41-78 22-27 114.

NEW YORK
Chandler 7-12 5-6 21, Gallinari 6-11 3-4 17, Stoudemire 15-23 4-5 34, Fields 1-7 0-0 2, Felton 6-13 1-2 18, Turiaf 1-2 2-2 4, Douglas 4-7 2-2 11, Williams 5-9 0-0 13, Mozgov 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 45-85 18-23 121.

Minnesota 36 32 18 28 114
New York 32 29 31 29 121

3-Point Goals–Minnesota 10-21 (Ridnour 3-4, Love 3-5, Brewer 1-2, Beasley 1-2, Telfair 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Ellington 0-1), New York 13-30 (Felton 5-8, Williams 3-4, Gallinari 2-5, Chandler 2-6, Douglas 1-3, Fields 0-4). Fouled Out–Beasley. Rebounds–Minnesota 49 (Love 15), New York 38 (Fields 10). Assists–Minnesota 16 (Ridnour 4), New York 25 (Felton 11). Total Fouls–Minnesota 24, New York 22. Technicals–Felton. A–19,763 (19,763).

 

Hawks 80, Magic 74

ATLANTA
Smith 9-17 0-0 19, Horford 7-14 2-2 16, Collins 2-5 0-0 4, Bibby 4-11 2-3 13, M.Williams 1-6 0-1 2, Ja.Crawford 6-17 2-2 15, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Pachulia 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 1-3 0-0 2, Powell 3-8 2-2 8, Thomas 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 33-85 9-12 80.

ORLANDO
Richardson 0-4 0-0 0, Lewis 3-11 2-2 10, Howard 5-11 4-8 14, Duhon 3-6 0-0 7, Carter 8-16 2-3 18, Bass 4-11 2-2 10, Redick 3-6 4-6 11, Gortat 1-1 0-0 2, J.Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Pietrus 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 14-21 74.

Atlanta 19 17 18 26 80
Orlando 19 15 19 21 74

3-Point Goals–Atlanta 5-14 (Bibby 3-4, Ja.Crawford 1-2, Smith 1-4, M.Williams 0-2, Evans 0-2), Orlando 4-22 (Lewis 2-7, Redick 1-2, Duhon 1-4, Carter 0-1, Richardson 0-2, J.Williams 0-3, Pietrus 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Atlanta 53 (Smith 13), Orlando 55 (Howard 13). Assists–Atlanta 17 (Bibby 7), Orlando 9 (Carter 3). Total Fouls–Atlanta 21, Orlando 19. Technicals–Atlanta defensive three second. A–18,846 (18,500).

 

Pacers 124, Raptors 100

TORONTO
Weems 3-10 2-2 8, Johnson 7-13 1-3 15, Bargnani 5-11 2-3 12, Calderon 8-12 3-4 21, DeRozan 3-9 1-2 7, Davis 3-8 0-0 6, Barbosa 5-14 0-0 12, Bayless 2-10 0-0 5, Kleiza 5-12 1-1 12, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Dorsey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-100 10-15 100.

INDIANA
Granger 9-16 1-2 21, McRoberts 4-11 3-4 12, Hibbert 6-9 1-1 13, Collison 6-7 5-5 17, Dunleavy 5-7 0-0 11, Rush 10-18 0-0 26, Posey 4-8 0-0 11, Ford 1-3 2-2 4, S.Jones 2-5 1-2 5, Hansbrough 0-0 4-4 4, D.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Price 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 47-85 17-20 124.

Toronto 18 26 23 33 100
Indiana 31 37 21 35 124

3-Point Goals–Toronto 6-18 (Calderon 2-2, Barbosa 2-5, Bayless 1-3, Kleiza 1-4, Bargnani 0-4), Indiana 13-26 (Rush 6-8, Posey 3-7, Granger 2-5, Dunleavy 1-1, McRoberts 1-4, Ford 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Toronto 53 (Johnson 9), Indiana 51 (Granger 9). Assists–Toronto 16 (Calderon 4), Indiana 33 (Hibbert, McRoberts, Ford 6). Total Fouls–Toronto 23, Indiana 15. A–11,930 (18,165).

 

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