The Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t survive a night in South Beach and lost to the Miami Heat 85-91. Milwaukee had started out with a quick 9-0 thanks to some solid defense and Miami struggling with their shooting. Miami used the return of franchise legend Dwyane Wade as a spark to keep the game close through the first half. An awful third quarter gave Miami the lead it needed and despite a late fourth quarter run, Milwaukee would come up short. Milwaukee will need to turn around quickly as they play the next day against the Orlando Magic.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of the Bucks players who struggled tonight. He had an inefficient with 23 points on 21 shots. He added 11 rebounds and struggled with the Heat’s interior defenders. However he was the driving force for a comeback scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Gotta give Giannis credit. Entering the fourth quarter he was 3/13 and hadn’t scored since the 1st, but has stepped up with 5/7 shooting, 15 points and 2 blocks in fourth.— Frank (@fmaddenNBA) February 10, 2018
Eric Bledsoe filled the box score with 16 points, 6 assists and four rebounds. Meanwhile Khris Middleton struggled shooting scoring 14 points on 14 shots.
Hassan Whiteside continue to dominate the Bucks scoring 12 points and adding 16 rebounds. While Wade returned only scoring three points but got constant “We Want Wade” chants from the crowd. Bam Adebayo also chipped in 15 points and 10 boards.
Stat that Stood Out
To say Milwaukee’s third quarter was bad would be making it sound nicer than it actually was. Milwaukee’s offense was nonexistent with a combination of turnovers (6) and poor shot selection being the main culprits of only scoring 8 points. This has been the worst quarter Milwaukee has had in awhile, in fact it was the worst scoring-wise of the season. Brutal in all respects, it could be pointed to as the prominent reason why the Bucks lost.