Gabe Vincent erupts for career-high 28 in Miami Heat win over Bucks, 108-102

Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat drives against Jevon Carter #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat drives against Jevon Carter #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

Coming off of a thrilling victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, the Miami Heat would be right back at it on Thursday against a foe from their own conference.

A team that they have a ton of recent history with, none of it nice, the Miami Heat wouldn’t quite face off against that same Milwaukee Bucks team that has been to battle with them so many times. Without two of their three best players in the lineup, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, they would be led by Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis.

Well, for the most part and in theory, as their shooters took centerstage early. While the Miami Heat couldn’t make a basket from outside early on in the game, Jevon Carter and AJ Green would give the Bucks a needed jolt from the outside.

On the back of that range shooting early and the Heat’s own ineptitude from out there, the Bucks would take a, 23-14, lead into the second quarter.

The Miami Heat got a needed conference win over Milwaukee Thursday night. And key to it all was Gabe Vincent, who exploded for career-high 28 points.

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But then the Miami Heat turned on their own afterburners, never allowing the Bucks to win another period of the game.

The Miami Heat would bludgeon the Bucks in the paint, scoring 58 of their 108 points there while only allowing them to score 18 of their own. And of those 108 total points scored though, 28 of them came from a guy who was, arguably, the Miami Heat’s best player on the night.

En route to that career-high 28 points on 5-11 shooting from downtown, the Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent was a much-needed source of outside shooting, point production, and clutch playmaking for a Heat team that struggled early and needed someone else to help close it late.

Having a down year compared to last season so far, it was the perfect time for Vincent to catapult back onto the scene in just his third start, as the Heat were still without Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry. The Miami Heat started out ugly on offense but found a way to pull out the win in the end, which is all that really matters.

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Gabe Vincent was key to the whole thing though and hopefully, they’ll be ready to do it all over again in just a day or so, as they face these same Bucks at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon. And though still in Miami, they’ll, more than likely, have The Greek Freak in tow.