Down five players, the Milwaukee Bucks looked gassed as this game wore on, with the Miami Heat ultimately overtaking them in the second half to hand Bud’s team a 102-108 loss.
It wasn’t pretty for both teams offensively in the first period, with Miami shooting barely above 25%, but Milwaukee took advantage to post a 23-14 lead following one. The Bucks kept putting it in from deep to start the period against Miami, but the Heat rebounded quickly, pouring in points to end the quarter on a 23-10 run that put tied it up at 45 by half. The Heat found their offensive energy in the third quarter, but Milwaukee eked out enough points to trail merely 73-78 with one period to go. The Bucks tried to maintain contact as they kept chucking up triples (a season-high 57 attempts from deep BTW), but Miami’s buckets were too easy and Milwaukee’s flat out weren’t.
Milwaukee now prepares for a noon tipoff with Miami on Saturday.
Stat that Stood Out
Milwaukee relied almost entirely on the three-ball in this one to keep their scoring flowing, but they were absolutely pummeled in the paint by Miami, outscored 58-18 there. To top it all off, the Bucks were credited with just two shots at the rim by Cleaning The Glass tonight. They barely got into the teeth of Miami’s helter-skelter zone schemes, and when the three-ball abandoned them, so did the scoreboard.