Wade turns up Heat on Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade led all-scorers with 27 points
and added seven assists as the Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks,
100-83, at Bradley Center.
Gary Payton netted 20 points and pulled down six rebounds and Shaquille O’Neal
added 13 points and six rebounds for the Heat, who have won both of their
games since Pat Riley took the coaching job after Steve Van Gundy resigned on
Monday. Miami has won its last three games.
Michael Redd scored 24 points and added six assists and T.J. Ford chipped in
17 points and nine assists for the Bucks, who had a three-game winning streak
The Heat scored the first five points to start the game. However, the Bucks
went on a 15-2 run capped off by a Jamaal Magloire dunk with under six
minutes left in the opening quarter and the Bucks led 26-18 going into the
Miami started the second quarter with a 15-6 run and had a 33-32 lead after
Payton hit a jump shot with 7:50 to play until halftime.
The teams exchanged leads several times in the second, but Miami scored seven
straight points and had a 47-41 lead with 1:28 to play. However, Redd hit a
basket and a free throw in the last minute to cut the Miami lead to 47-44
going into the locker room.
The Heat continued to increase their lead in the third quarter and held a 12-
point advantage after James Posey hit a three-pointer with 5:02 left to make
it a 64-52 contest.
The Bucks got back to within six after Ford hit a jumper with 26 seconds left,
but Antoine Walker countered with a jumper of his own and the Heat led 72-64
going into the last 12 minutes.
Miami steadily increased its margin throughout the fourth quarter. The closest
Milwaukee got was within nine points after Ford hit a jumper to make it an
89-80 game with 4:02 to play.
However, Udonis Haslem and Wade hit the next two baskets and the Heat cruised
the rest of the way to victory.
Miami travels to Philadelphia for a matchup on Friday…The Bucks conclude
their three-game road trip Friday at Boston…Magloire finished the game with
seven points and 13 rebounds…Milwaukee outrebounded Miami 46-43…Haslem had
seven points and 10 rebounds in the game…The Heat shot 7-for-19 from beyond
the arc, while the Bucks were only 3-for-21.