Nuggets drop struggling Heat

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MIAMI — Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18, and the Nuggets beat the suddenly struggling Miami Heat 111-107 on Friday night, handing the NBA champions their fifth loss in six games.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade tries to shoot in the loss to Denver. Miami has dropped five of its past six games.  ALAN DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALAN DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Heat guard Dwyane Wade tries to shoot in the loss to Denver. Miami has dropped five of its past six games.

Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and JJ Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.

Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, which fell three games behind Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James scored 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 19, Mario Chalmers had 16 and Chris Andersen scored 14 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 7 for 24 from 3-point range.

It was only the fifth win for Denver in its last 18 games.

KNICKS: Phil Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Knicks would only confirm that a “major announcement” involving team executives was scheduled.

The move had been expected for several days, with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony saying earlier in the week that he was told Jackson would be “coming on board” with the team. Jackson will likely have complete control of the team’s basketball operations.

Jackson played for the Knicks’ last NBA championship team in 1973. He has been out of the league and largely out of the public eye since 2011, when he ended his coaching stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

BUCKS: Released forward Tony Mitchell, a former Swainsboro standout, after his 10-day contract expired.

Mitchell will return to the D-League as a member of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Milwaukee signed free-agent forward Chris Wright to a 10-day contract.

General manager John Hammond announced the moves Friday.

The six-foot-eight, 225 pound Wright has been with the D-League’s Maine Red Claws for the last two seasons.

He played 38 games with the Red Claws this season, averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He’s had 16 double-doubles this year, including six in his last eight outings.

Hammond was undrafted in 2011 and was selected by the Red Claws. He played in four games, then signed with the Golden State Warriors, appearing in 24 games that season. He earned a start in Golden State’s season finale at San Antonio, and tallied a career-best 25 points and eight rebounds while shooting 11-of-14 from the field.


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