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Heat Vs. Nuggets: Miami Loses Dwyane Wade To Injury, Falls 117-104 In Denver

The Miami Heat (8-4) lost their third straight game Friday night, 117-104 to the Denver Nuggets (8-4), but perhaps even more importantly they lost star Dwyane Wade to an ankle injury, and the Heat star is now questionable for Miami's next game Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

Wade was injured midway through the fourth quarter, a quarter that saw Denver outscore Miami 31-23. The Nuggets were up by as many as 19 points in the fourth, the largest deficit the Heat have faced all season.

LeBron James had 35 points, five rebounds and six assists for Miami, and Chris Bosh chipped in 17 points, but without Wade the Heat did not have enough to overcome a balanced Denver attack.

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored 24 points, Nene had 17 points and a season high 12 rebounds, and Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each chipped in 15 points for Denver.

The victory was the Nuggets 10th straight over the Heat in Denver. Miami last won at the Pepsi Center in January of 2002.

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