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Monday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Miami Heat (12-11), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat are home for two straight games, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks tonight from AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat will also host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers and own a 7-4 record in South Beach this season. They have lost two in a row after a four- game winning streak, including Sunday's 102-86 setback at Memphis.

Miami rookie Michael Beasley, who sat out Friday's 87-73 setback to the Hawks with the flu, scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace Miami. NBA leading scorer Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points on 5-for-16 shooting and also dished out five assists.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem (personal) is questionable for Monday's game.

Milwaukee will kick off a three-game road trip Monday against Miami, Philadelphia and New York, and is 4-11 away from the Bradley Center this season. The Bucks have dropped six in a row on the road.

The Bucks ended a three-game slide with Saturday's 121-103 home victory over the Indiana Pacers, as Michael Redd poured in 27 points and Charlie Villanueva tallied a season-high 26 points with 10 rebounds in the win. Andrew Bogut scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high 20 boards for Milwaukee, which had dropped seven of nine overall coming in.

Richard Jefferson also had 20 points in a winning cause. In injury news for the Bucks, forward Malik Allen (ribs) is questionable against Miami.

Milwaukee and Miami split four meetings last season, but the Heat have won two straight and 12 of the past 16 matchups. The Bucks are 1-7 in their last eight contests in South Beach.

12/15 10:48:57 ET


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