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Milwaukee D shuts down Heat

MIAMI — Perhaps Dwyane Wade taught Khris Middleton too well last summer.

Middleton had 22 points, Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks clamped down defensively on Wade and shorthanded Miami, beating the Heat 91-79 on Tuesday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points for Milwaukee, which has beaten Miami five straight times.

"We were getting stops and getting out and running," Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. "The fastbreak points weren't necessarily high for either team, but … the stops were really the catalysts."

Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 18 rebounds for Miami, which has lost two straight and trailed by at least 22 in both games.

Wade and Middleton crossed paths over the summer, introduced by mutual friends who suggested the Milwaukee guard should reach out to the three-time NBA champion for guidance. Middleton called, Wade agreed, they worked out together with trainer Stan Remy and Wade came away impressed.

"Talking to him, and him letting me know how he approaches the game and what he's thinking in certain situations, it's helping me out tremendously," Middleton said.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Anthony Davis had 35 points and the host Pelicans overcame an early 17-point hole to beat the Timberwolves 114-99.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Nuggets signed general manager Tim Connelly and assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to multiyear contract extensions. … The NBA is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a TV spot featuring Jeremy Lin, Stephen Curry and James Harden. The ad is called "Dining Table" and shows the stars sharing a New Year meal with a Chinese family. … Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was cleared for full-contact practice. The small forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 3.

Bucks 91, Heat 79

MILWAUKEE (91): Antetokounmpo 5-10 4-4 14, Parker 4-7 1-2 9, Monroe 6-13 3-3 15, Carter-Williams 3-5 1-2 7, Middleton 8-20 4-4 22, Bayless 4-7 0-0 11, Henson 4-5 1-1 9, Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0, O'Bryant 2-2 0-0 4, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Ennis 0-2 0-0 0, Copeland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 14-16 91.

MIAMI (79): Deng 4-10 2-2 11, Bosh 7-15 7-7 23, Whiteside 8-9 7-11 23, Johnson 0-6 3-4 3, Wade 1-6 0-0 2, Richardson 1-8 1-2 3, Green 2-10 0-0 6, Winslow 1-5 0-0 2, Stoudemire 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 27-74 20-26 79.

Milwaukee 19 30 26 16— 91

Miami 18 21 18 22— 79

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 5-12 (Bayless 3-6, Middleton 2-4, Vaughn 0-1, Copeland 0-1), Miami 5-22 (Bosh 2-2, Green 2-5, Deng 1-2, Wade 0-1, Winslow 0-3, Johnson 0-4, Richardson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 45 (Monroe 10), Miami 48 (Whiteside 18). AssistsMilwaukee 19 (Middleton 7), Miami 13 (Wade 4). Total FoulsMilwaukee 19, Miami 14. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second, Wade, Miami defensive three second. A19,886 (19,600).

Pelicans 114, Wolves 99

MINNESOTA (99): Prince 1-1 0-0 3, Garnett 1-2 1-2 3, Towns 7-17 5-5 20, Rubio 5-7 4-4 15, Wiggins 7-17 7-10 21, Payne 2-2 2-4 6, Muhammad 5-10 3-4 13, LaVine 2-5 0-0 4, Martin 1-5 0-0 2, Dieng 3-4 2-2 8, Bjelica 2-6 0-0 4, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-76 24-31 99.

NEW ORLEANS (114): Cunningham 4-6 0-0 11, Davis 13-22 8-10 35, Asik 1-4 0-0 2, Evans 6-11 1-1 13, Gordon 4-9 0-0 11, Gee 2-2 3-3 7, Anderson 1-6 4-4 7, Holiday 7-14 3-4 19, Cole 3-6 1-1 7, Ajinca 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 42-83 20-23 114.

Minnesota 38 22 15 24— 99

New Orleans 25 26 31 32— 114

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 3-14 (Prince 1-1, Towns 1-1, Rubio 1-2, Muhammad 0-2, Martin 0-2, Bjelica 0-2, Wiggins 0-4), New Orleans 10-23 (Cunningham 3-4, Gordon 3-7, Holiday 2-3, Davis 1-2, Anderson 1-4, Cole 0-1, Evans 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 46 (Towns 13), New Orleans 45 (Asik 8). AssistsMinnesota 18 (LaVine, Rubio 4), New Orleans 21 (Holiday 9). Total FoulsMinnesota 21, New Orleans 24. TechnicalsMinnesota defensive three second. A14,255 (16,867).

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