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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.

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.