Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Miami's Big 3 outpace Durant

LeBron James scored 33 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a bloody nose, and the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-81, on Thursday night.

The Thunder lost at home for the first time since Jan. 5.

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

Dwyane Wade had 24 points and 10 assists, and Chris Bosh added 24 points for Miami, which won its fourth straight and avenged an earlier loss to Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook, who had missed 27 games after having a surgery on his right knee, started and scored 16 points.

Nuggets 101, Bucks 90 - Kenneth Faried continued his hot streak, scoring 26 points to lead visiting Denver past Milwaukee. Wilson Chandler scored 15, while J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 10 rebounds in a matchup of two teams left shorthanded by deals they made before the trade deadline. Caron Butler scored 17 for the Bucks, who have not won two straight games all season.

Shumpert out

The New York Knicks say swingman Iman Shumpert will miss about two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Shumpert was hurt Wednesday in the Knicks' victory at New Orleans and returned to New York for an MRI. He sustained a far more serious torn ACL in May 2012 and sat out until the following January. - Associated Press

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