The Heat kept their hold on the top spot in the East as they defeated the Bucks 96-77. The win improved the Heat’s record to 52-22 on the year.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 17 points and eight assists, in just 29 minutes. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points. Mario Chalmers added 14 points.
For the Bucks, Ramon Sessions scored a game-high 19 points and six assists. Jeff Adrien finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Knight added 10 points and five rebounds.
The Heat had control of this game from the beginning, as they jumped out to a 33-19 lead after the first quarter. The Heat expanded that lead to 18 at the half, as they lead 56-38. They also won the third quarter by two, building a 20-point lead after three quarters. The bench played the entire fourth quarter to close the game out.
The Heat were without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Greg Oden for the fourth straight game as they all deal with various ailments. The recent schedule may have been somewhat light, but the Heat have managed well in their absence. Once again, getting a spark from guys like Udonis Haslem, James Jones, and Rashard Lewis is great to see, and important for depth come playoff time.
The Heat’s next game is Friday night, as they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves (37-37) to AmericanAirlines Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
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