Miami extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 106-88 win on Wednesday night over the hard-luck Milwaukee Bucks, who lost young forward Jabari Parker in the third quarter to a sprained left knee.

In a cruel stroke of irony for the Bucks, Parker suffered the injury on the same night last season's leading scorer, Khris Middleton, returned to the lineup after a preseason injury of his own. "After being drafted second overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 6'8" forward had his rookie year cut short after just 25 games before the first ligament tear in the knee.

The 21-year old, now in his third year, was averaging a career-best 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game so far this season. Teammates had to help him to the locker room. He recovered in ten-and-a-half months from that injury, and was able to play 76 games the next season. Robbie Hummel tore his ACL as he was returning from an ACL injury the previous season at Purdue, sidelining him the entire 2010-11 season.

Thoughts and best wishes from a number of National Basketball Association players were offered on social media, including one from Dwyane Wade, who knows all about dealing with injuries. However, he would not speculate on Parker's injury.

Goran Dragic hit four of five shots in just five minutes of work as the Heat went ahead by as many as 11 and led by 13 after one quarter.

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This is a big blow for the Bucks, who are now just two games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sadly, Middleton's 2016-17 debut Wednesday came just before Parker's injury.

Even with losing Terry, Beasley, Roy Hibbert, and possibly Spencer Hawes and Tony Snell as free agents, the Bucks salary is still going to go up over $10 million, due to raises that mostly includes Giannis Antetokounmpo.

But, as released on Thursday afternoon, the news was much worse.


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