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The Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Miami Heat, 91-79

 The Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Miami Heat, 91-79

Milwaukee guard Jerryd Bayless drives to the hoop as Miami guard Tyler Johnson defends during the second half of a game on Jan. 19.

(Alan Diaz / Associated Press)

Khris Middleton scored 22 points, Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks clamped down defensively on Dwyane Wade and the short-handed Heat in a 91-79 victory Tuesday night in Miami.

Milwaukee has beaten Miami five consecutive times.

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, which has dropped two straight. Chris Bosh scored 23.

The Heat was without four injured players, including point guards Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih. Miami shot a season-low 36.5% and failed to score 80 for the second straight game.

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Wade, playing through shoulder pain, finished with only two points on one-for-six shooting in 21 minutes.

Miami’s last lead was 32-31 midway through the second quarter. Milwaukee closed the half on an 18-7 run, led 49-39 at the break and then outscored Miami 26-18 in the third to pull away.

Oklahoma City 110, at Denver 104: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had double-doubles and the Thunder won its fifth in a row.

Durant finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder. Westbrook scored 27 points and added 12 assists. Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, but only seven after halftime, for the Nuggets.

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Denver trailed by four in the final minute and had a chance to make it a one-possession game, but Westbrook stole a pass in the lane and Enes Kanter hit two free throws with 29.7 seconds left.

Indiana 97, at Phoenix 94: The Pacers ended a three-game losing streak as Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Paul George had 19.

Devin Booker had a career-high 32 points for the Suns, who lost for the 14th time in 15 games and fifth in a row.

The Suns trailed 95-92 with 3.8 seconds left after an off-balance three-point shot by Brandon Knight, but couldn’t catch Indiana. The Pacers had led by 20 points in the third quarter.

at New Orleans 114, Minnesota 99: Anthony Davis scored 35 points and Pelicans overcame an early 17-point deficit.

Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and Tyreke Evans added 13 for the Pelicans, who’ve won three of four and are four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their next six games at home.

Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of 11.

Minnesota led 62-51 after Wiggins’ layup early in the third quarter, but New Orleans then surged to its first lead of the game with a 14-2 run. In the fourth, Ryan Anderson and Holiday both hit threes as New Orleans stretched its lead to 92-79, and Minnesota could not mount another serious threat.

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The Timberwolves looked their best in the opening quarter, racing to their largest lead at 38-21.


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