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                         === James, Heat burn Bucks ===
 Miami, FL ( - LeBron James took the reins Tuesday and poured
 in 33 points as the Miami Heat pummeled the overmatched Bucks, 118-95.
 Perhaps  spurred by Saturday's late collapse against the Celtics, James looked
 for his shot more often and connected on 13-of-21 from the floor.
 James,  who did  not play in the  fourth quarter with Miami firmly in control,
 made four of the Heat's 12 3-pointers and was followed on the scoring sheet by
 Michael Beasley (19 points) and Mario Chalmers (15).
 Miami  shot a scorching  58 percent from the field and limited Milwaukee to 42
 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.
 "It's  been a  long 48 hours in this  building. We were able to respond with a
 good win," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who was referencing his club's
 resolve following the stunning loss to Boston.
 Gary  Neal  and John Henson  scored 18 points apiece  to pace the Bucks, whose
 starters combined for just 35 points.
 James  indicated before the  game the Heat needed to "come out with a sense of
 Chalmers, most notably, heeded the advice early on.
 The  Heat  scored seven straight points  after Nate Wolters opened the scoring
 with  a layup, and Chalmers fueled an 11-0 run later in the opening quarter to
 extend Miami's lead to 26-14.
 Twenty  of  the Heat's 32 points  in the first  quarter came in the paint, and
 Miami  continued  to dictate  play  throughout  the  second frame,  which  was
 highlighted by Chalmers' no-look alley-oop pass to James for a tomahawk slam.
 Neal hit a late 3-point to bring the Bucks within 56-45 at halftime, but James
 took the game over with a 17-point third quarter.
 The  four-time league MVP showed off his range with four makes from behind the
 arc, two coming during a personal 8-0 run that ended with him faking a pass to
 the  baseline and going  in for an uncontested dunk for a 75-54 lead with 4:26
 to go before the fourth.
 Milwaukee  trailed by 22, 84-62, entering the fourth, and both benches emptied
 for the final 12 minutes.
 "This  was  just one game," said  Bucks head coach  Larry Drew. "We got to get
 this one behind us."
                                   Game Notes
 The Heat were without forward Udonis Haslem (back) and sharpshooter Ray Allen
 (illness) ... Chalmers handed out a game-high seven assists ... Dwyane Wade
 chipped in eight points and eight rebounds and Chris Bosh netted 10 points in
 the win ... Miami had a 56-30 advantage in points in the paint ... Miami has
 scored at least 100 points in each of the first eight games this season,
 extending the longest streak to begin a campaign in franchise history.
 11/12 23:45:38 ET