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Bucks gain ground on misfiring Heat

MIAMI — Milwaukee's first 10 shots were all off the mark. Good thing, or else the Bucks would have made a long night even worse for the fading Heat.

Andrew Bogut had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Carlos Delfino had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat Miami for the second time in three nights, 97-81 on Monday to climb within two games of the Heat for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

"We definitely have a chance to make the playoffs, but it will come down to every game," Bogut said. "Every game is important. Winning these two games is huge."

Charlie Bell and Hakim Warrick scored 12 each for the Bucks, who outscored Miami 54-27 over the final 19½ minutes of the first half.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including the game's first 11. From there, the Heat went shockingly cold, setting season worsts by shooting 17.6 percent in the first quarter and 27.5 percent in the half.

Miami finished shooting 36.4 percent, its third-worst effort of the season.

"Needless to say, that was a very tough evening for us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We're going through a little bit of a funk right now as a team. It's a trying time. A lot of teams have gone through this. This is not what we wanted to do right now, but we're here and have to respond and have to help each other get out of this."

BRYANT SETS MARK: Kobe Bryant scored on a breakaway dunk with 4:14 left in the third quarter to pass Jerry West as the Lakers' career scoring leader in Los Angeles' 95-93 loss to the host Grizzlies. Bryant needed 29 points to pass West and got 44, giving him 25,208 for his career.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Garnett's 19 points led six Celtics in double figures, and Boston held the host Wizards to 2-for-18 shooting in the fourth quarter en route to a 99-88 victory that ended a three-game skid.

ARENAS PENS APOLOGY: Gilbert Arenas insists he now understands that "guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters." In an op-ed piece written for the Washington Post and put on the newspaper's Web site, the suspended Wizards guard pledges to be a better role model and writes a "message of nonviolence will be front and center as I try to rebuild my relationship with young people in the D.C. area."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely with a left knee injury that will likely require surgery. An MRI revealed more damage than the initial diagnosis of a bruise, coach Jeff Bower said, though he refused to confirm reports that Paul had a meniscus tear and would miss at least a month. … Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Bucks backup center Francisco Elson will miss six weeks after having surgery to repair a hernia. … The Hawks signed guard Mario West for the rest of the season.

Bucks 97, Heat 81

MILWAUKEE (97): Delfino 5-11 5-6 16, Mbah a Moute 1-2 2-2 4, Bogut 10-13 2-3 22, Jennings 4-10 0-0 9, Bell 4-8 2-2 12, Ilyasova 0-2 3-4 3, Ridnour 2-6 0-0 4, Warrick 6-12 0-0 12, Thomas 4-4 0-0 8, Stackhouse 1-4 4-5 7, Meeks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-73 18-22 97.

MIAMI (81): Richardson 1-6 0-0 3, Beasley 6-16 3-6 16, Anthony 2-6 0-0 4, Alston 0-4 0-2 0, Wade 7-19 8-9 23, Haslem 3-6 6-7 12, Arroyo 5-9 0-0 10, Magloire 1-1 2-4 4, Wright 1-5 0-0 3, Cook 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 28-77 19-28 81.

Milwaukee 21 33 22 21— 97

Miami 17 21 21 22— 81

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 5-16 (Bell 2-5, Stackhouse 1-1, Jennings 1-4, Delfino 1-4, Ridnour 0-1, Ilyasova 0-1), Miami 6-22 (Cook 2-5, Beasley 1-2, Wright 1-3, Richardson 1-4, Wade 1-5, Alston 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 52 (Bogut 11), Miami 46 (Haslem 10). AssistsMilwaukee 22 (Jennings 8), Miami 13 (Wade 6). Total FoulsMilwaukee 23, Miami 19. A15,858 (19,600).

Celtics 99, Wizards 88

BOSTON (99): Pierce 3-6 5-6 12, Garnett 8-9 3-4 19, Perkins 4-7 1-1 9, Rondo 6-9 5-8 17, R.Allen 6-13 3-3 17, T.Allen 3-9 4-4 10, Wallace 4-7 6-6 14, Scalabrine 0-0 0-0 0, House 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 0-1 1-4 1. Totals 34-62 28-36 99.

WASHINGTON (88): Butler 6-15 8-8 20, Jamison 2-17 4-6 8, Haywood 4-6 4-4 12, Foye 0-3 2-2 2, Miller 5-7 2-3 13, Boykins 5-9 4-4 14, Blatche 3-10 3-4 9, Oberto 0-0 0-0 0, Young 3-5 4-5 10. Totals 28-72 31-36 88.

Boston 24 24 26 25— 99

Washington 23 31 24 10— 88

3-Point GoalsBoston 3-8 (R.Allen 2-5, Pierce 1-2, Wallace 0-1), Washington 1-10 (Miller 1-2, Foye 0-2, Butler 0-2, Jamison 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 44 (Pierce 8), Washington 41 (Butler 11). AssistsBoston 24 (Rondo 12), Washington 15 (Foye 4). Total FoulsBoston 23, Washington 24. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second, Washington defensive three second. A20,173 (20,173).

Grizzlies 95, Lakers 93

L.A. LAKERS (93): Artest 6-9 4-5 18, P.Gasol 4-7 2-5 10, Bynum 1-3 3-4 5, Fisher 1-6 0-0 2, Bryant 16-28 8-13 44, Odom 2-9 0-0 4, Farmar 2-7 0-0 5, Mbenga 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 1-3 0-0 3, Walton 1-1 0-0 2, Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 17-27 93.

MEMPHIS (95): Gay 10-19 3-4 25, Randolph 9-18 4-5 22, M.Gasol 2-5 7-12 11, Conley 3-9 1-4 7, Mayo 3-11 2-2 9, Tinsley 1-4 0-0 2, Thabeet 1-1 0-0 2, Carroll 1-4 0-0 2, Hudson 4-10 3-3 13, Haddadi 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 34-82 22-32 95.

L.A. Lakers 24 26 21 22— 93

Memphis 24 28 18 25— 95

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 8-20 (Bryant 4-7, Artest 2-3, Brown 1-1, Farmar 1-5, Odom 0-1, Fisher 0-3), Memphis 5-17 (Hudson 2-5, Gay 2-5, Mayo 1-4, Haddadi 0-1, Tinsley 0-1, Conley 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 52 (P.Gasol, Odom 9), Memphis 55 (Randolph 17). AssistsL.A. Lakers 17 (Farmar 5), Memphis 14 (Conley, Tinsley 4). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 24, Memphis 21. TechnicalsMayo, Randolph. A18,119 (18,119).

Suns 109, Hornets 100

PHOENIX (109): Hill 6-8 1-1 13, Stoudemire 10-20 5-8 25, Lopez 8-11 2-2 18, Nash 6-10 5-7 18, Richardson 1-6 1-2 3, Dudley 4-9 2-2 12, Dragic 0-4 0-0 0, Frye 8-14 1-1 20, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Amundson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-83 17-23 109.

NEW ORLEANS (100): Stojakovic 2-7 7-8 11, West 9-18 2-2 20, Okafor 6-9 0-2 12, Collison 7-18 1-1 16, Thornton 10-21 0-1 25, Peterson 0-2 0-0 0, Songaila 3-7 2-2 8, Posey 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 3-5 0-0 6, Marks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-90 12-16 100.

Phoenix 30 29 26 24— 109

New Orleans 31 15 24 30— 100

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 6-21 (Frye 3-8, Dudley 2-4, Nash 1-2, Hill 0-1, Richardson 0-2, Dragic 0-4), New Orleans 6-18 (Thornton 5-9, Collison 1-3, Stojakovic 0-1, West 0-1, Posey 0-2, Peterson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 56 (Stoudemire 12), New Orleans 43 (Posey, West 8). AssistsPhoenix 28 (Nash 12), New Orleans 30 (Collison 14). Total FoulsPhoenix 15, New Orleans 19. TechnicalsNew Orleans defensive three second. A13,874 (17,188).

Bucks gain ground on misfiring Heat 02/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 11:00pm]

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