Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/14
DENVER -- LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Shane Battier scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat overcame the absence of Dwyane Wade to beat the Denver Nuggets 98-93 on Thursday night. Andre Miller and JaVale McGee came off the bench to pace the Nuggets with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Kenneth Faried finished with 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Denver, which lost to the Heat at home for the first time in more than 10 years. Wade was inactive due to a strained right foot. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the move was precautionary and that the guard is day-to-day. Miami point guard Mario Chalmers left the game in the first quarter with a strained right triceps and didn't return. The Heat came into the game shooting 42 percent from 3-point range, but they improved that average against Denver. Led by Battier and Mike Miller, Miami was 11-for-20 from long range in the first three quarters to lead by as many as 19. Trailing 79-64, th...
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