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Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce drives past Miami’s Chris Andersen during the first of Friday’s game in New York. Pierce scored 23 points in the Nets’ win.

Nets stop Heat in double OT

– Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

Livingston had two baskets and two blocked shots in the second OT, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists over 51 minutes in a sensational effort while starting for injured Deron Williams.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points but missed jumpers that could have won it at the end of regulation and the first overtime.

James had 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Heat, but fouled out on an offensive foul with 36 seconds left in the first overtime and the Heat trailing by two.

BULLS 81, BUCKS 72: In Milwaukee, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from a right knee injury, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 points to lead Chicago to its fourth straight win.

Taj Gibson added 12 points for the Bulls.

PISTONS 114, 76ERS 104: In Philadelphia, Josh Smith had 22 points, and Brandon Jennings made four 3-pointers in the second half as Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak.

Five other players scored in double figures for the Pistons, who averaged just 88.8 points during their skid.

TIMBERWOLVES 119, BOBCATS 92: In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 27 minutes to lead Minnesota.

HAWKS 83, ROCKETS 80: In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 16 seconds as Atlanta fought off Houston’s late comeback.

MAVERICKS 107, PELICANS 90: In New Orleans, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, and Monta Ellis added 23 as New Orleans lost its fourth straight.

GRIZZLIES 104, SUNS 99: In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley matched his career high with 31 points, and Memphis used a fourth-quarter burst to overtake Phoenix.

The Phoenix loss came on a day when the Suns announced that guard Eric Bledsoe, the team’s second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely after knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee earlier in the day.