Miami Heat Report Card: How LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Co. Fared This Week

Justin EisenbandCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 07: LeBron James #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks grabs the basketball against the Miami Heat at the Bradley Center on January 7, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Heat defeated the Bucks 101-95 in overtime. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat capped another undefeated week with a hard-fought overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks.

With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James struggling, Chris Bosh lifted the Heat to overcome a fourth quarter deficit, Andrew Bogut's 27 rebounds and Chris Douglas-Robert's 30 points.

The Milwaukee game continued to demonstrate a key aspect of this season. Other teams, especially when playing at home, are going to give the Miami Heat their best game and highest effort.

Despite winning 20 of the last 21 games and 12 consecutive road games, the Heat still have a lot of work to do. Coach Erik Spoelstra says he enjoys the tight games more than the blowouts.

In a sense, he is right to believe that.

To be prepared for the playoffs, Miami has to experience the tight, back-and-forth games. The road game at Milwaukee provided insight into the dynamics of this Heat team when the game gets tight in the fourth.

As demonstrated by Miami's inability to pull away in the fourth, that is something Miami should continue to work on. Dwyane Wade was able to get an open look for a game winning shot, but perhaps the Heat shouldn't need a final shot against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Erik Spoelstra and the Heat players know that they have been playing well. After all, 20 out of 21 games is an impressive feat to accomplish; however, Spoelsta, James and Wade continue to demand more out of themselves. Perhaps they are right to do so.

Mike Miller still hasn't been a consistent contributor since coming back nearly two weeks ago. If Udonis Haslem eventually returns from injury, Miami will have to figure out a way to fit him into the delicate equation that is this team.

Miami deserves some credit and should surely enjoy this winning streak, but as Spoelstra has preached all season, the Heat need to remain humble and hungry to ensure future success.

The team gets an A- for this week. The team went undefeated against three sub-.500 opponents and needs to find some consistency when James and Wade struggle.