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Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press
Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, looks for an open teammate past Milwaukee Bucks' John Salmons during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Miami. James made a pair of free throws with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter to score 2,000 points in seven straight seasons.

MIAMI — John Salmons scored 17 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and even while being officially eliminated from postseason contention the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 90-85 on Wednesday night.

The loss knocked Miami (54-24) a half-game back of Boston in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Carlos Delfino's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left helped seal it for the Bucks, who got 14 points from Corey Maggette. Milwaukee was eliminated from playoff contention during the game, thanks to Indiana's win over Washington.

LeBron James scored 29 points for Miami, which played without injured guard Dwyane Wade, the NBA's No. 3 scorer.