Bucks' Middleton gets the better of workout buddy
MIAMI – Perhaps Dwyane Wade taught Khris Middleton too well last summer.
Middleton scored 22 points, Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Bucks clamped down defensively on Wade and shorthanded Miami throughout, beating the Heat 91-79 on Tuesday night.
Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami. Wade, playing through shoulder pain, finished with only two points on 1-for-6 shooting in 21 minutes.
Wade and Middleton worked out together over the summer, introduced by mutual friends. "Letting me know how he approaches the game … it's helping me out tremendously," Middleton said.
•IN FOR REPAIRS: Bulls center Joakim Noah had surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is expected to miss four to six months.
•BE BACK SOON: The Hornets announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice. The 6-7 small forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Oct. 3 in a preseason game at Orlando. The team's top defender, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged career bests in points (10.9), rebounds (7.6) and minutes (28.9) in 55 games last season.
•ORONO'S FINEST SIDELINED: Jon Leuer was held out of the Suns' game against the Pacers because of back spasms. Leuer was injured during pregame warmups, and the team announced his absence at tipoff. The 6-10 forward played 21 minutes in a reserve role Sunday night against the Wolves at Target Center in the Suns' most recent game. Leuer has started 22 of the 41 games he's played and is averaging nine points and 5.7 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.