Wade, Heat bury Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade posted 32 points, 11 assists and
eight rebounds, as the Miami Heat downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 117-98, at the
Wade, who went 11-of-17 from the field, also extended his franchise-best
streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points.
Jason Kapono scored a career-high 28 points for the Heat, who won their third
straight. Shaquille O’Neal netted 20 points. Udonis Haslem grabbed 11 boards
in the win.
Miami is 10-15 on the road this season, and snapped a five-game losing streak
as the visitor.
“It was time to stop the bleeding,” Miami coach Ron Rothstein said. “Five
straight losses, three in overtime and a close on in Chicago that came down to
the last shot.”
Mo Williams scored a career-high 38 points for the Bucks, who have lost four
straight and 15 of their last 17 games overall. Charlie Villanueva posted 16
points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Ruben Patterson had 11 points and
Charlie Bell and Earl Boykins both added 10.
“Losing is definitely frustrating,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. “Not
being able to string together four quarters – it’s been a rough road so far.”
The Bucks played the first of a short two-game homestand, and are 10-9 at home
this season. The Bucks are scheduled to host Dwight Howard and the Orlando
Magic on Tuesday.
Both teams went back and forth through the first quarter to keep things tied,
22-22, heading into the second.
Milwaukee went on an 8-0 run in the second capped by a Williams jumper with
7:03 remaining to take a one-point lead, and later went on a 13-2 burst capped
by a Brian Skinner three-point play with 2:44 left. The Heat stayed with
Milwaukee down the stretch, however, and the Bucks held just a 53-49 halftime
After Williams’ jumper 25 seconds into the second half, Miami went on an 11-2
run capped by an O’Neal hook shot with two ticks under nine minutes remaining
for a three-point lead.
Miami blew the game open down the stretch, going on a 26-11 run snapped by a
pair of Williams buckets in the final seconds for a 90-78 lead heading into
The Bucks cut it to six on Villanueva’s dunk with 8:09 remaining, but Miami
closed the game on a 20-7 burst to eliminate any chance for a Milwaukee rally.
This was the third and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The
teams split the first two contests, as both clubs picked up a win at
home…Miami has split its last four at Milwaukee, but has won four of
the last six contests in the series.