Published February 01, 2012
| Sports Network
The Heat weren't all that impressive on Monday but James finished two assists shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight helpers, while Dwyane Wade netted 22 points to go with five assists as Miami took care of business against a struggling New Orleans Hornets team with a 109-95 win.
Mike Miller finished with 14 points of 6-of-8 shooting, while rookie Norris Cole and Chris Bosh had 12 points each for the Heat, who have won eight of their last nine overall and lead the Southeast Division by one-half game over Atlanta.
The Bucks, meanwhile, will be trying to finish up a three-game homestand in perfect fashion.
After topping the LA Lakers to start the residency Milwaukee routed Detroit on Monday when Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 21 points as the Bucks never trailed en route to a 103-82 win.
"Obviously we want to shoot the ball well every night and when we do it gives us the ability to spread the court," said Dunleavy about his team's performance. "It's important right now for us because with [Andrew] Bogut out, we're limited in our offensive low-post ability."
Gooden has been impressive, averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, in three games since joining the starting lineup to replace Bogut, who is out two to three months with a fractured left ankle.
Meanwhile, Stephen Jackson's status remains up in the air. The veteran swingman, who hasn't seen eye-to-eye with coach Scott Skiles this season, missed the win over the Lakers while serving a one-game league suspension and Skiles opted to keep him on the bench against the Pistons.
"I liked the way we've played the past couple games," Skiles said. [Jackson] will have an opportunity to work himself back in there."
The Bucks have won two straight over the Heat, including a 91-82 win in South Beach earlier this season.