Riley tries to guide Heat to third win in a row at Milwaukee
(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks try to extend their winning streak to a
season-best four games tonight, as they welcome Pat Riley and the Miami Heat
to the Bradley Center.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 5th,
Bobby Simmons scored 23 points, including a rim-shattering slam over Alonzo
Mourning to put a stamp on a fourth-quarter comeback, as the Bucks defeated
Miami, 105-100, at the Bradley Center. Shaquille O’Neal did not play in the
game because of an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for 18 games.
Miami has won nine of 15 and 10 of the last 17 meetings. The Heat have lost
four of their last six contests at the Bradley Center. These two teams have
split the last eight meetings at Milwaukee.
The Heat play their second game under Riley, who took over as the team’s head
coach on Monday when Stan Van Gundy resigned. Miami plays the second of a
four-game road trip this evening.
On Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal scored 30 points in his second game back from an
ankle injury, and Riley picked up a win in his first contest as a head coach
since 2003, as Miami defeated the Chicago Bulls, 100-97, at the United Center.
O’Neal, who sprained his right ankle during the second game of the season, had
fouled out in his first contest back, but returned to his dominant self
against the Bulls. The All-Star center, who played 28 minutes, finished 12-
of-21 from the floor and also grabbed seven rebounds.
Dwyane Wade had 14 points and 11 assists, while Antoine Walker also scored 14
in the win over Chicago for the Heat, who have won two straight following a
four-game losing streak.
Miami is 4-7 on the road this season. The Heat will visit Philadelphia on
Friday and Cleveland on Saturday in the finale of the swing.
On Monday, Michael Redd scored 31 points and made all five of his three-point
attempts, as the Milwaukee Bucks used sharp shooting to rout the New York
Knicks, 112-92, at Madison Square Garden.
Redd finished 9-of-17 from the field and missed just one of his nine free
throw attempts. Dan Gadzuric added a season-high 18 points and Maurice
Williams tallied 15 points for Milwaukee, which connected on 53.8 percent of
its shots, including 12-of-19 from three-point range.
Jamaal Magloire contributed 11 points and Toni Kukoc had 10 for the Bucks, who
have won six of their last seven games overall.
Milwaukee is 6-3 as the visitor.