The Milwaukee Bucks followed up their record-breaking performance with a forgettable offensive night in their loss to the Miami Heat, 119-108. Despite another solid night from deep, they couldn’t capitalize on turnovers to the same degree and went cold from inside the arc.
Milwaukee’s hot streak cooled off from the jump in this one, but they kept the game close by capitalizing on a bevy of Heat turnovers. It was a narrow contest at half before the Bucks jumped out to a sizable lead in the third. Like the close of the first quarter though, the Bucks allowed the Heat to go on a run once more and make it just a three point game heading into the fourth. It all went downhill from there, as the Heat went the way of their namesake from deep to secure a victory.
Tonight was the Heat defense we saw last season, with Miami stifling the Bucks halfcourt offense into their worst performance of this young season. A series of missed opportunities at the rim, coupled with a severe disparity at the free throw line, provided the perfect recipe for the Bucks to split the series before heading home to face the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Augustin-DiVincenzo-Connaughton-T.Antetokounmpo-Portis for the Bucks right now.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) December 31, 2020
#Heat trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter - they've come all the way back. Game tied 93-93.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) December 31, 2020
Stat That Stood Out
3-15 shooting for Khris Middleton. The max man in Milwaukee has been a walking inferno in just about every game thus far, but the Heat splashed him in the Atlantic tonight. Middleton was held to just eight points. With the Bucks top-heavy team, tonight was a stark example of the importance Middleton’s offense has for this team. Even on a night when he contributed in other ways, with nine assists and seven rebounds, the Bucks needed his scoring touch too if they wanted to win.
In second place, the Bucks shooting 14-29 from the rim, 48.3%. Yowza.