Monday , Mar , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Team Report – March 1

=== Miami Heat Team Report – March 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat dropped their second straight game on
Sunday, as they were dealt a 108-104 setback at the hands of the Milwaukee
Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Eddie Jones paced the Heat with 25 points while Lamar Odom added 22 in the
loss. Udonis Haslem scored 17 points, including a 9-for-9 effort from the free
throw line, and Caron Butler netted 13 for the Heat, who dropped their third
straight contest.

Miami rookie Dwyane Wade left the game midway through the third quarter with a
sprained right foot and did not return. He will undergo tests Monday to find
out the severity of the injury. Wade scored six points, all from the free-
throw line, before leaving with the injury.

The Heat, who trailed by 19 at 86-67 heading into the fourth quarter,
outscored Milwaukee 26-12 over the first seven minutes of the frame to get
within 98-93. The spurt was aided by nine points from Haslem and seven from
Jones.

Then after the Bucks went back up by seven, Haslem hit a pair of free throws
and Odom hit a hook shot in the lane to bring the Heat within three at 100-97
with 2:21 to go. Odom then fouled Michael Redd shooting a three-pointer at the
other end of the court and the Milwaukee guard responded by making all three
foul shots to put the Bucks up six.

After two more Haslem free throws, Desmond Mason hit a driving layup to give
the Bucks a 105-99 advantage with 60 seconds left. Odom then laid in a basket
and Rafer Alston drained a three in the final minute, but free throws from
Redd, Toni Kukoc and Keith Van Horn sealed the win for Milwaukee.

The Heat, who will kick off a four-game homestand on Tuesday against the
Toronto Raptors, have dropped 11 of their last 15 on the road and are 8-24
away from home this season.

Miami, which has won three of its last four at home, has already beaten the
Raptors twice this season and is without a loss in the last six matchups. The
Heat have also won three in a row and four of the last five meetings in South
Florida.

MIA