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Heat 107, Bucks 94

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MILWAUKEE -- LeBron James and Chris Bosh each had 28 points as Miami won its 21st consecutive game with a 107-94 victory over the Bucks Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

James and Bosh combined to go 24 of 40 from the field, pacing a Heat offense that shot 52.6 percent and made 7 of 15 3-pointers.

Miami played a significant stretch of the first half without Dwyane Wade, who left the game after falling to the floor with 7:17 left in the first quarter. He returned to action with 7:45 left in the half and played the remainder of the game with a strained neck.

Wade finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 33 minutes.

Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings finished with 21 and six assists while both J.J. Reddick and Marquis Daniels added 14 for the Bucks.

The Heat broke open a tight game with a 10-0 run in the second half and led 51-42 at the break. Miami held Milwaukee to just 38.8 percent shooting and made 6 of 7 free throws while the Bucks failed to get to the line.

Milwaukee cut the deficit to eight with three minutes to play in the third, but the Heat regrouped quickly and took an 84-68 into the fourth. A 10-1 run to open the final quarter got Milwaukee within a seven when Redick hit a 3 from the elbow to make the score 85-78. Ilyasova followed with a free throw and Milwaukee was within six with nine minutes to play.

But the Heat responded with a 10-2 run and after Norris Cole's 3-pointer, Miami had a 95-81 lead with 5:31 to play and Milwaukee never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

NOTES: The Heat's 20-game winning streak is the longest in franchise history and is tied with the 1971 Bucks for third-longest in NBA history. ... Milwaukee has not won a game this season when it blocks four or fewer shots. ... Bosh is shooting a career-best 53.7 percent from the field this season. ... Luc Richard Mbah a Moute missed his third straight game with a toe injury. ... The Bucks stunned Miami, 104-85, Dec. 29 in Milwaukee. Having blown a nine-point fourth quarter lead in that contest, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that game was still fresh in his team's memory. "They were the better team that night and they deserved to win," Spoelstra said. "We took that game to heart. It was one of our worst losses of the year. ... We watched the film again today and it was a bad loss."

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