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Chris Bosh leads Heat over Suns to halt four-game losing streak

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Phoenix. The Heat won 103-97.
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Phoenix. The Heat won 103-97. AP

Chris Bosh helped relieve Dwyane Wade's headache Tuesday night.

Bosh scored 10 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight down the stretch, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 103-97.

Luol Deng scored 23 points and Wade, dogged by a headache during the game, added 16 for the Heat.

"That was mostly part of the reason I came out aggressive in the second half," Bosh said. "I was going to do it anyway but when (Dwyane) let me know I said I'd see what I can do, get some buckets and get the team going offensively."

Marcus Morris gave the Suns a 91-90 lead with 3:17 to go. But Bosh answered, sinking a 14-foot jumper. He then got a pass from Wade while driving the lane for a layup and made a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:49 to go, lifting the Heat to a 97-91 lead.

"What we did well tonight was stay in the game to the fourth quarter," Deng said. "Lately we haven't been in games in the fourth quarter."

Gerald Green hit an off-balance 3-pointer in the right corner to pull the Suns back to 97-94, but Deng answered with a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.

"A couple of times they hit 3s in crunch time," Bosh said. "They hit some crucial ones but we answered right back after that and executed with simple plays."

Miami snapped a four-game losing streak.

"There were a couple times they were able to get the lead up to five and, unfortunately, in previous games that tended to go double figures," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we were able to execute, stay in the moment and show more toughness that we have in the last handful of games."

Marcus Morris scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. The reserve was 5 for 6 from 3-point range.

Green added 19, including five 3-pointers, and Markieff Morris had 17 for the Suns.

Phoenix, which was playing its fourth game in five nights, has lost three straight.

"Whether it was the fourth game in five nights, we weren't thinking straight, especially in the fourth quarter," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You've got to be able, when you're tired, to really bear down and we just didn't have it there in the fourth quarter."

Wednesday: Heat at Nuggets

When/where: 10:30 p.m.; Pepsi Center, Denver.

TV/radio: Sun Sports, ESPN; WAXY 104.3 FM, 790 AM and WAQI 710 AM (Spanish).

Series: Heat leads 28-26.

Noteworthy: It’s the second night of a difficult road back-to-back for the Heat, which is 4-2 on the second night of back-to-back games. … Opponents were shooting 48 percent for the season against the Heat (27th in the league) before Tuesday’s game in Phoenix. … Josh McRoberts is questionable after playing despite an illness for the second game in a row. Luol Deng (hand) and Norris Cole (finger) are still playing through injuries. … The Nuggets have lost four in a row after falling to the Raptors in Toronto on Monday. Danilo Gallinari (knee) is questionable along with Kenneth Faried (back). Javale McGee (leg) is doubtful. Nate Robinson (back) is also doubtful. Randy Foye (thigh) is out.

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