Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
They couldn't do that, as the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Heat, 104 to 85.
Live updates from the game are below.
I'm sure the Miami Heat didn't expect to leave Milwaukee with a notch in the loss column, but the Bucks outplayed the Heat in every facet of the game.
With a well-balanced attack, including 25 from Brandon Jennings, 19 from Luc Richards Mbah A Moute and 18 from Mike Dunleavy, the Bucks overwhelmed the Heat.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 62 of the Heat's 85 points. That's just not going to cut it against anyone in the NBA.
In addition to the Heat's offensive woes, they turned the ball over 20 times, as compared to the Bucks' total of just five turnovers.
Larry Sanders was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, dropping 16 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots.
It was a lopsided matchup for most of the first half, with the Bucks taking a 12-point lead into the half.
The Heat came out and out-scored the Bucks 27 to 13 in the 3rd quarter, and it looked like the Heat were back to their winning ways.
Unfortunately for the Heat there are four quarters, and they got outscored 35 to 14 in it.
The Bucks couldn't miss near the end of the game, and the Heat made it easy for them by failing to defend every perimeter shot.
There is serious work for the Heat to do if they don't want to start sliding down Eastern Conference standings.
On the other hand, this may very well be the win the Bucks have been looking for to prove their worth in the East.
That's all she wrote. Mike Dunleavy dribbles the ball out as the Bucks get the 104-85 victory.
Bucks 104, Heat 85—end of the game
Whelp, it's all over. Spoelstra put James Jones, Joel Anthony and Terrell Harris in the game.
Bucks 100, Heat 81—3:01 remaining in the 4th quarter
John Henson into the game for Bucks.
21-point lead for the Deer.
31-8 4th quarter for the Bucks over the Heat. Can't beat anyone if you get out-scored 23 points in a single quarter. Unless you're the Clippers, then you have a chance at doing it.
Bucks 100, Heat 79—3:13 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Bucks have been teetering on the bring of success, at 15-12 overall. This one might be just what they need to make some serious noise in the Eastern Conference.
Bucks 97, Heat 79—4:10 remaining in the 4th quarter
The questionable move of the night goes to Erika Spoelstra, when he put LeBron James on the bench to start the 4th quarter.
Not the smartest move from Spoelstra.
Bucks 95, Heat 78—4:43 remaining in the 4th quarter
This is the Heat's chance to pull of an L.A. Clippers-like moment and come back from being down a ton with a little time left.
Mike Dunleavy with a huge three-pointer, giving him 14 points on the night and giving the Bucks a 19-point lead.
You can't beat anyone if you only score 5 points in the 4th quarter.
Bucks 95, Heat 76—4:45 remaining in the 4th quarter
What an idiotic foul from Mario Chalmers.
Wraps his arm around Brandon Jennings like he's giving him a noogie. Chalmers is lucky that Jennings didn't punch him right in the face.
Refs decided it was a Flagrant I foul—probably deserved to be a II.
Bucks 90, Heat 76—5:38 remaining in the 4th quarter
Larry Sanders just hit a spinning layup around Chris Bosh.
That's the equivalent of the fat lady singing. Sanders has 16 points and 10 rebounds. Not too bad for a guy averaging 4.7 PPG and 4.0 RPG on his career.
Bucks 88, Heat 76—6:03 remaining in the 4th quarter
What's the difference maker tonight you ask?
Miami Heat (16) Milwaukee Bucks (5) — TURNOVERS
Bucks 85, Heat 76—6:24 remaining in the 4th quarter
A strong 9-0 run for the mighty Bucks to start the 4th quarter.
It's like the Heat are taking every other quarter off.
Bucks 78, Heat 73—9:11 remaining in the 4th quarter
I've never seen that much athleticism out of Mike Dunleavy. Phew. He flew in there like Blake Griffin, and got the and-one to spark the Bucks.
Bucks 74, Heat 71—10:57 remaining in the 4th quarter
I could be wrong here but I think LeBron James' +/- tonight is +1,000,000.
The heat need him on the court if they are going to win. Chris Bosh has been solid too.
Heat 71, Bucks 69—at start of the 4th quarter
Here's a riddle ... What's the best way to see a lead go away?
Put LeBron James on the bench.
Heat 71, Bucks 67—0:42 remaining in the 3rd quarter
LeBron has taken over this one with 14 points in the 3rd quarter alone.
He's hitting shots that you used to be able to only make in video games.
Heat 71, Bucks 64—2:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Chalmers and Jennings, or as the Bucks' home announcer likes to call him "Brandon", getting a little chippy running up the court.
I'd take Jennings in that fight matchup. I think that would be lopsided.
Heat 67, Bucks 62—3:09 remaining in the 3rd quarter
AAaaaaannnddddd there it is ... LeBron James has 20 points, continuing his epic 20-point game streak.
Heat 62, Bucks 60—4:40 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Erik Spoelstra must've had Ray Lewis waiting in the locker room at halftime because the Heat are like a different team out there.
Bucks 60, Heat 60—5:26 remaining in the 3rd quarter
16-3 run isn't a bad way to get the 2nd half started for the Heat.
Bucks 58, Heat 58—6:05 remaining in the 3rd quarter
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