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Heat wins; LeBron bloodied

Heat guard Dwyane Wade dunks over the Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha during Miami’s 103-81 win. Wade finishes with 24 points and 10 assists as the Heat overpowers the Thunder throughout the game.

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Heat guard Dwyane Wade dunks over the Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha during Miami’s 103-81 win. Wade finishes with 24 points and 10 assists as the Heat overpowers the Thunder throughout the game.

OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James scored 33 before leaving in the fourth quarter with a bloody nose and the Heat beat the Thunder 103-81 Thursday.

James went down with 5:50 remaining after he was struck by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket. James finished the dunk, but he was bloodied and left the court with a towel over his face.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said James' nose was sore and would be evaluated when the team returns to Miami. There was no indication James has a serious injury.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he didn't think James would be out long.

"Biggest thing he said was, 'Is it broke?' " Wade said. "But hopefully it's not and he'll be back."

Wade had 24 points and 10 assists, and Chris Bosh added 24 points for Miami, which won its fourth straight and avenged a Jan. 29 loss to Oklahoma City. The Thunder lost at home for the first time since Jan. 5.

Kevin Durant scored 28 for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook, who had missed 27 games after having a surgery on his right knee, started and scored 16. The Heat led by 19 in the second quarter before Westbrook scored nine in the final 1:55 of the first half, including a dunk in the closing seconds, to trim Miami's lead to 54-47 at the break.

Miami took control early in the third quarter. James scored six points during a 10-0 run that helped the Heat take a 64-49 lead. The Heat extended its lead to 75-53 on a 3-pointer by James with just more than five minutes left in the third quarter.

Nuggets top bucks: Kenneth Faried scored 26 to carry the Nuggets past the host Bucks 101-90. Wilson Chandler scored 15 while J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 10 rebounds in a matchup of two teams left short-handed by deals made before Thursday's trade deadline. Left with short benches, the Nuggets used eight players, and the Bucks used nine.

PACERS PICK UP TURNER: Indiana sent Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Turner, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, was averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Granger was averaging 8.3 points since returning from a strained left calf in mid December. The Pacers get two more young forwards. The 76ers get an injury-prone 30-year-old forward with an expiring contract and another pick in a draft rife with talent.

NUGGETS UNLOAD MILLER: Guard Andre Miller was traded to the Wizards, and the Nuggets acquired guard Aaron Brooks from the Rockets. Miller had not played since getting into a shouting match with coach Brian Shaw in a loss to the 76ers on New Year's Day. The Nuggets initially suspended Miller for two games, then announced the 15-year veteran would be excused from all team activities.

GAY PLAYER MEETS NETS: The Nets worked out center Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active league player if signed by the team. The Nets are considering signing the 35-year-old to a 10-day contract. Nets general manager Billy King said he was told Collins is "in shape."

KOBE BACKS BLAKE: A day after the Lakers shipped guard Steve Blake to the Warriors, Kobe Bryant criticized the trade on Twitter: "Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor GS picked up gem #smartmove.''

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Pistons guard Chauncey Billups had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and he's expected to be evaluated after 2-3 weeks. Billups had surgery to alleviate pain and inflammation. … Warriors center Andrew Bogut sat out against the Rockets because of an ailing left shoulder.

Nuggets 101, Bucks 90

DENVER (101): Randolph 3-11 1-4 8, Faried 11-15 4-5 26, Hickson 6-9 2-7 14, Foye 5-12 0-0 12, Chandler 6-8 0-0 15, Fournier 3-9 0-0 7, Mozgov 3-6 8-10 14, Arthur 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 39-76 15-26 101.

MILWAUKEE (90): Butler 7-17 2-3 17, Ilyasova 5-14 3-4 14, Pachulia 1-5 3-4 5, Wolters 6-14 0-0 12, Middleton 2-9 2-2 6, Henson 6-8 0-0 12, Antetokounmpo 3-7 4-5 11, Mayo 5-8 0-0 11, Raduljica 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 35-82 16-20 90.

Denver 31 19 28 23— 101

Milwaukee 22 20 25 23— 90

3-Point GoalsDenver 8-18 (Chandler 3-3, Foye 2-6, Arthur 1-1, Randolph 1-4, Fournier 1-4), Milwaukee 4-21 (Antetokounmpo 1-3, Ilyasova 1-3, Butler 1-4, Mayo 1-4, Wolters 0-2, Middleton 0-5). Fouled OutMozgov. ReboundsDenver 51 (Hickson 10), Milwaukee 48 (Ilyasova 11). AssistsDenver 22 (Foye 10), Milwaukee 15 (Wolters 5). Total FoulsDenver 20, Milwaukee 20. A11,186 (18,717).

Heat 103, Thunder 81

MIAMI (103): James 15-22 2-5 33, Battier 1-8 0-0 2, Bosh 6-9 11-12 24, Chalmers 4-7 0-1 9, Wade 11-17 2-2 24, Allen 2-6 1-1 6, Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 41-75 16-21 103.

OKLAHOMA CITY (81): Durant 10-22 7-10 28, Ibaka 5-11 4-6 14, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Westbrook 4-12 8-10 16, Sefolosha 1-3 0-0 2, Jackson 3-8 3-3 9, Lamb 1-9 0-0 2, Fisher 1-3 0-0 2, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, P.Jones 3-5 1-1 8, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Roberson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 23-30 81.

Miami 34 20 22 27— 103

Okla. City 17 30 18 16— 81

3-Point GoalsMiami 5-21 (Bosh 1-2, Cole 1-2, Chalmers 1-3, Allen 1-3, James 1-5, Battier 0-6), Oklahoma City 2-20 (P.Jones 1-1, Durant 1-6, Ibaka 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Fisher 0-2, Westbrook 0-2, Lamb 0-6). ReboundsMiami 48 (Andersen, Bosh 8), Oklahoma City 44 (Durant, Ibaka 8). AssistsMiami 24 (Wade 10), Oklahoma City 15 (Jackson 5). Total FoulsMiami 20, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsWestbrook. A18,203 (18,203).

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