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Healing LeBron keys Heat blowout

LeBron James has 33 points and sits out the fourth quarter.

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LeBron James has 33 points and sits out the fourth quarter.

MIAMI — The defensive effort was closer to Heat standards.

LeBron James made it difficult to notice anything but offense.

James scored 33 on 13-of-21 shooting, with an array of post-up moves getting him going early then a barrage of 3-pointers fueling a big third-quarter push, and Miami encountered little trouble on the way to a 118-95 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night.

James scored 17 in the third quarter, his best 12-minute stretch of the season and an indicator that a balky back that slowed him in the season's first couple weeks is improving.

"It's getting better," James said. "It feels a lot better. Still a little sore … getting a lot of work put on it so I can get to 100 percent. But it's getting better every day and that's a good thing."

Michael Beasley scored 19 and Mario Chalmers had 15 points and seven assists for the Heat, whose biggest victory margin had been a 12-point triumph over the Bulls on opening night. Chris Bosh scored 10 for Miami.

Miami played without former Gator Udonis Haslem (back) and Ray Allen (ill). Shane Battier started in Haslem's place.

"It wasn't perfect," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team was coming off a final-second loss to Boston on Saturday. "There were still some areas we definitely need to improve on, in terms of the details and discipline. But at least the effort, the effort, the activity was better, the disposition right from the beginning and it carried through once we got into the rotation. Guys were much more focused and bringing that competitive spirit."

Former Sickles High standout John Henson and Gary Neal scored 18 each and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 for the Bucks.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA's career list, and the host Mavericks beat the Wizards 105-95. Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls guard Derrick Rose is day to day with a sore right hamstring. … Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum was excused from the team to address "a family medical matter" and is expected to rejoin the team Saturday. … Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said he has "no idea" when he will return to the court as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. … The Minneapolis City Council approved an agreement with the Timberwolves and Lynx for a $97 million renovation of the Target Center, at 23 years old one of the NBA's oldest venues.

Heat 118, Bucks 95

MILWAUKEE (95): Butler 4-15 0-0 10, Middleton 3-9 0-0 7, Pachulia 1-4 1-1 3, Wolters 4-8 1-2 9, Mayo 2-6 0-0 6, Henson 7-10 4-4 18, Knight 0-2 6-6 6, Antetokounmpo 4-8 0-0 11, Neal 6-11 3-4 18, Udoh 2-6 3-4 7, Raduljica 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 18-21 95.

MIAMI (118): James 13-21 3-6 33, Battier 2-6 1-1 6, Bosh 3-9 3-4 10, Chalmers 4-6 6-8 15, Wade 4-7 0-0 8, Lewis 3-3 0-0 7, Andersen 4-6 0-0 8, Beasley 8-12 1-4 19, Cole 3-5 0-1 7, Mason Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 46-79 14-24 118.

Milwaukee 23 22 17 33— 95

Miami 32 24 28 34— 118

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 11-30 (Antetokounmpo 3-5, Neal 3-7, Mayo 2-3, Butler 2-8, Middleton 1-3, Knight 0-2, Wolters 0-2), Miami 12-23 (James 4-7, Beasley 2-3, Lewis 1-1, Chalmers 1-2, Cole 1-2, Jones 1-2, Bosh 1-2, Battier 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 46 (Middleton 7), Miami 46 (Wade 8). AssistsMilwaukee 19 (Knight 6), Miami 29 (Chalmers 7). Total FoulsMilwaukee 15, Miami 17. TechnicalsMayo. A19,600 (19,600).

Mavericks 105, Wizards 95

WASHINGTON (95): Ariza 10-17 2-3 27, Nene 3-7 8-14 14, Gortat 6-11 0-0 12, Wall 5-10 3-4 14, Beal 2-10 5-6 9, Webster 2-5 2-2 6, Harrington 3-8 0-0 8, Seraphin 0-0 0-0 0, Maynor 1-5 0-0 2, Booker 0-1 0-0 0, Rice Jr. 1-1 0-0 3, Temple 0-0 0-0 0, Vesely 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-75 20-29 95.

DALLAS (105): Marion 4-7 0-0 8, Nowitzki 8-19 1-2 19, Dalembert 5-7 5-6 15, Calderon 4-8 0-0 11, Ellis 7-16 4-5 19, Carter 6-13 0-0 16, Crowder 2-5 0-1 4, Blair 4-6 1-3 9, Mekel 1-2 2-2 4, Ledo 0-1 0-0 0, James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-84 13-19 105.

Washington 34 15 30 16— 95

Dallas 33 28 27 17— 105

3-Point GoalsWashington 9-26 (Ariza 5-11, Harrington 2-5, Rice Jr. 1-1, Wall 1-3, Booker 0-1, Beal 0-2, Webster 0-3), Dallas 10-26 (Carter 4-9, Calderon 3-6, Nowitzki 2-5, Ellis 1-1, Marion 0-1, Mekel 0-1, Ledo 0-1, Crowder 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 50 (Gortat 12), Dallas 50 (Blair 11). AssistsWashington 24 (Wall 10), Dallas 25 (Ellis 7). Total FoulsWashington 20, Dallas 20. TechnicalsDallas defensive three second. A19,627 (19,200).

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