Apr 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis (11) defends in the first half during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: Miami Heat (98) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (86) — Recap

The final score of this game will not serve as justice to either team. The final score won’t show how hard the Milwaukee Bucks fought through the first three quarters, or even in the final frame. The final score also won’t show just how dominant the Miami Heat were in fourth quarter, as they seized control away of the game and ran away with a close ball game.

The Heat started the fourth on a 12-0 lead, led by Chris “The Birdman” Anderson and Dwyane “WOW’ Wade.  Wade was able to show everyone that even though he has been written off plenty of times throughout his career, he is far from being done as an elite player in the NBA.

Wade finished the game as the Heat’s leading scorer, dropping 21 points on 8-14 shooting from the field and 5-6 at the free throw line. He also collected seven rebounds, but struggled with just three assists and three turnovers.

Lebron James was not as dominant in game two as he was in game one, but was still able to drop 19 points, grab 8 rebounds, and dish out 6 assists. In un-Lebron like fashion, he ended up missing six shots in the game.

The key for the Heat in this game was their defense, as they were able to hold Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to combined 5-22 shooting for just 15 points. Neither of them got into much of a groove all evening, allowing the Heat to force other Buck players to step up.

Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Dunleavy, and Larry Sanders combined for 21-30 shooting for 51 of the 86 points the Bucks scored. Their hot shooting kept the Bucks in the game for most of the first three quarters, but when their shots stopped falling and the Heat started to sink their shots, they were able to put the game away.

 

Here are some numbers from the game:

Shooting Percentage: Heat (45%) Bucks (50%)

Three Point Shooting: Heat (32%) Bucks (22%)

Rebounds: Heat (43) Bucks (33)

Assists: Heat (17) Bucks (23)

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