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Heat surge past Nuggets 106-98

Hassan Whiteside, bench play big in win

Heat center Hassan Whiteside finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's win in Denver.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's win in Denver.

DENVER – Heat center Hassan Whiteside got plenty of help from the bench Wednesday night in a 106-98 win in Denver.

Whiteside scored a game-high 25 points and finished with 16 rebounds and four blocks to lead the way.

Wayne Ellington hit five three-pointers (four of them in a clutch fourth quarter) and finished with 22 points while fellow bench player Tyler Johnson scored 18 points.

Miami got 50 points from the bench.

The win gives the Heat a good start to a three-game west coast trip.