Heat aim to singe Nuggets at Pepsi Center

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat stopped a four-game losing streak last time out and that's the same length slide their opponents Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets, will try to halt when the two teams meet at the Pepsi Center.

The Heat marched into Phoenix on Tuesday night and left with a 103-97 victory. That ended a four-game slide, a three-game road losing streak and got the Heat a win on this five-game trek, which ends Friday against the Utah Jazz.

Chris Bosh's personal seven-point run late in regulation carried the Heat to victory.

Miami, which had lost four in a row all by double digits, trailed 91-90 after Marcus Morris drained a 3-pointer with 3:17 left in the fourth quarter. Bosh, though, hit a 14-footer, scored in the lane and drained a dagger 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give the Heat the lead for good.

"I wanted to win really bad tonight," said Bosh. "We played together and things worked out great."

After being limited to 12 points in Sunday's loss to Memphis, Bosh poured in 34 on 14-of-21 shooting. Luol Deng chipped in with 23 points and Dwyane Wade netted 16 for Miami, which shot 53.8 percent from the floor and forced 23 turnovers.

The Nuggets have dropped four in a row, including three straight on the road.

They had the Toronto Raptors on the ropes Monday night, but fell in overtime, 112-107. Denver led in the fourth quarter after it overcame a 16-point deficit.

"The 35-point first quarter set us back," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said. "That's been our problem, not only on this trip, but this entire season. We dig a hole for ourselves."

Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson combined to score 47 points for the Nuggets. Lawson had 12 assists to go with his 22 points.

Wilson Chandler scored 18 in the loss and Timofey Mozgov had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Denver had a chance to win in regulation but turned the ball over on a shot- clock violation, giving Toronto possession with 4.3 seconds left, but Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Chandler knocked down a 3 for Denver to start overtime, but the Nuggets didn't score again until Alonzo Gee's bucket in the final seconds.

The Nuggets visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday, then play four straight at home.

The Nuggets ended a three-game series losing streak with a win in March, but the Heat have won two in a row in Denver. Prior to that mini streak, the Nuggets were 10-0 as the host against Miami.