Heat 107, Suns 92

MIAMI -- Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said physically they are finally feeling good.

It's hard to argue that after Monday night's performance against the Phoenix Suns.

Wade shook off any doubts about his recently ailing knee, and James poured in another high-scoring performance that led Miami to a 107-92 victory over the visiting Suns at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Along with James' game-high 35 points, the Heat (11-3) won its seventh consecutive game behind Wade's 21 points and a season-high 12 assists.

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Wade returned to action this past Saturday against Orlando scoring 27 points after missing two consecutive games with knee soreness.

Against the Suns, Wade was sharp from the start, shooting 9-for-13 and also collecting six rebounds as he moved well throughout the game.

James also finished with five rebounds and four assists.

The Suns (7-7) had won two in a row after losing four straight, and again played without guard Eric Bledsoe (left shin contusion).

Phoenix once again appeared to manage without Bledsoe, leading by five early in the game and keeping it close until early in the fourth quarter.

Guard Ray Allen finally gave the Heat some separation by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Heat in front 87-73 with 9:56 left in the fourth. Allen found the mark three times in the fourth quarter after missing his first three attempts from that range in the first half. Allen finished with 17 points off the bench.


Former Suns forward Michael Beasley was also effective for the Heat off the bench, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. The Heat bench players combined for 36 points as forward Chris Andersen also had 11.

Phoenix had six players finish in double figures, led by forward Channing Frye's 16.

The Heat scored higher than the 106.6 points per game it entered the game averaging, which ranked fourth highest in the NBA.

NOTES: Suns G Eric Bledsoe missed his fifth consecutive game with a left shin contusion. "He goes out there every game and tries to see if it will loosen up and it hasn't yet," coach Jeff Hornacek said. The Suns hope to have Bledsoe back by Wednesday when they return home to face Portland. ... Heat G Mario Chalmers also did not play Monday due to a tight hip flexor. G Norris Cole started in his place for the second time this season. Cole's previous start came Nov. 16 in Charlotte, when Chalmers was suspended for a game. ... The Suns face the Blazers on Wednesday, exactly two weeks after suffering a frustrating 90-89 loss on the road. Phoenix missed a layup and two tip-in attempts in the final seconds of that game. ... The Heat opens a two-game road trip beginning in Cleveland Wednesday followed by a trip to Toronto Friday. The Heat swept the season series against LeBron James' former team 4-0 last season and has won the last seven meetings between the two squads.