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Miami ends 3-game skid

MIAMI (AP) -- Lamar Odom's pre-game meal didn't agree with him,
so he went looking for something different.

"I just tried to get to the glass and eat it up a bit," Odom
said after grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds in Miami's 92-72
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. "I'm not keeping
count during the game. I would love to get 20 (rebounds) one day."

Odom's rebounds helped the Heat to a 51-30 advantage on the
boards. Miami also had 24 offensive rebounds, and Odom scored 16
points.

"What made me concentrate on the boards was that I ate
something early and it didn't agree with me," Odom said. "My
stomach was upset so I just wanted to concentrate on getting some
rebounds to set a tone."

The Heat also got Caron Butler back in the starting lineup,
while Dwyane Wade and Brian Grant each had 18 points as Miami
snapped a three-game losing streak.

Butler, who sat out the previous seven games with a quadriceps
injury, scored seven points in 37 minutes.

"Let's not act like we turned a corner here or anything," Heat
coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't think there is a corner
anyway. I think the road goes on forever."

Nonetheless, Van Gundy was pleased that Butler's return finally
gave the Heat the lineup he envisioned before the season.

Five Heat players finished in double figures.

"We just wanted to make a consensus effort to have a lot of
energy, whether we were small or big or whatever lineup we had out
there," Grant said. "I think the problem with our team is we
haven't brought any energy, any excitement."

Said Van Gundy, "I thought we got pretty good energy
throughout."

The Suns, whose loss at Orlando on Monday night ended the
Magic's 19-game losing streak, have lost three straight.

"It wasn't a letdown, more like frustration," Suns guard
Stephon Marbury said of possible aftereffects from the loss to the
Magic.

Shawn Marion led Phoenix with 27 points.

"We did not execute the way we needed to," Suns forward Tom
Gugliotta said. "We had spurts of it, six to eight minutes each
quarter, but when we need a hoop, we try to put it in one guy's
hands."

Phoenix coach Frank Johnson, whose team ended a four-game East
Coast trip with a 1-3 record, said the Suns are depending too much
on perimeter scoring.

"We've become a jump shooting team and when they're going in,
it's great but when they're not, you can't just throw down and go
inside," Johnson said.

Miami took the lead for good late in the second quarter and
maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the second half.

Wade's dunk with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter gave the
Heat a 60-47 lead before the Suns ran off seven straight points on
Marbury's 3-pointer, Joe Johnson's jumper and two free throws by
Johnson.

Rafer Alston stopped the run with a 3-pointer that started a
13-5 spurt.

Miami eventually built a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter,
its biggest of the season.

Marion's 3-pointer gave Phoenix a 28-19 advantage early in the
second quarter, but Miami ran off nine straight points.

A 28-15 rebounding advantage, which resulted in 17-2 margin in
second-chance points, helped Miami to a 46-41 lead at
intermission.

Game notes
The Suns are 2-6 in back-to-back games. Phoenix has five
back-to-back sets in December. ... Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa
suffered a chest injury in the first half and did not return.