The Heat showed their defensive prowess (or the Bucks showed their offensive ineptitude?) in their 88-67 win on Saturday night. The win pushes the Heat record to 50-22 on the season.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh led the way with 14 points. LeBron James added 13 points and seven rebounds. Toney Douglas and Rashard Lewis each added 13 points as well.
For the Bucks, Ramon Sessions scored a game-high 15 points. Brandon Knight scored 13 points. John Henson added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
This was an ugly game from the start, as both teams struggled out of the gate. The Heat didn’t score a point for the first three minutes of the game, and the Bucks only managed 12 points total in the quarter. The Heat got it going somewhat toward the end of the quarter and lead 21-12 after one. The Heat defense showed up in the second quarter again, as they held the Bucks to 17 points and opened up a 17-point lead at halftime, going into the break up 46-29. The second half was played relatively close, as the Heat won both quarters by two points to finish with the 21-point victory. All in all, the Heat held the Bucks to 67 points, and 34% shooting for the game.
This was the second game in a row that the Heat were without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Greg Oden. But with the game turning out the way it did, they didn’t miss much.
The Heat’s next game is Monday night, as they return home to take on the Toronto Raptors (41-31). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.