In case you haven’t heard, the Miami Heat are on an absolute tear.
Entering Friday night, the team had won 20 straight contests. A 107-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks kept that streak alive, and it doesn’t look as if anybody will slow down this group anytime soon.
The Heat came into this one with aggressiveness and a confidence about them that was perfectly justified. They were forcing turnovers and converting at the rim, but Milwaukee made it clear that it was just as confident throughout the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the home team, that confidence only got them so far, as a 17-8 Miami run in the second gave the Heat a nine-point lead after 24 minutes.
By halftime, the Heat had attempted nine free throws to Milwaukee’s zero, and had taken half as many three-pointers. The Heat were the more aggressive team throughout the first half, and that theme would remain the same through the third quarter.
To start the fourth, the Bucks showed that they wouldn’t go away quietly. They began to climb back in it with transition execution, but the Heat never backed off and always played smart basketball.
The Bucks outscored Miami by three in the final period, but it proved to be way too little, way too late.
These two teams face off again April 9—a night where the Heat will have a chance to set the all-time record for consecutive wins if they continue dominating along the way.