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Road warrior Bucks beat the gassed 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."

It was the first time Miami lost this season in seven games without Dwyane Wade, out again with a sprained right ankle.

Miami got within 83-80 with 2:15 left on a pair of free throws by Bosh, before Ilyasova restored Milwaukee's five-point lead with 1:50 left. Miami's next two possessions ended with a turnover and a missed layup by James with three Bucks in pursuit, and Jennings -- who was 5 for 20 -- came up with the clincher.

His putback of a missed three-pointer by Jackson with 39.5 seconds left sealed the win for Milwaukee.


Around the rims

*Mo Williams scored 19 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers sent the Toronto Raptors to their eighth straight loss, 103-91.

*Paul Pierce had season highs with 34 points and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-94 victory over the Washington Wizards.

*Deron Williams had 19 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 97-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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