VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Heat wrap up Midwest trip, pound Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Short-handed and a little disheveled with the ball, the Miami Heat finished off their three-game swing through the Midwest with a sterling performance on the other end of the floor.

Advertisement
The Heat shut down the Bucks with defense Saturday night as Chris Bosh scored 14 points, LeBron James had 13 and Miami throttled Milwaukee 88-67, holding an opponent to a season low in points.

''In the playoffs, we're going to have to rely on our defense,'' Bosh said.

James Jones added 10 for Miami in place of star guard Dwyane Wade, sidelined a second straight game with a sore hamstring. The Heat also played without Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.

Didn't matter against the team with the NBA's worst record. Milwaukee tried to match Miami's energy, but couldn't keep with the more talented opponent - even one without two All-Stars.

Defense was the difference. The Heat led 46-29 at halftime and held the Bucks to a season low for points in a half and in a game.

The Bucks shot 34 percent, the fourth straight time that Miami held a foe to under 40 percent from the field.

''We did a poor job off the dribble with that next pass, hoping that next pass would lead to a ... good look at the basket,'' coach Larry Drew said.

Not so much.

The Heat led by as much as 21. They were never threatened past the first quarter.

John Henson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, while Ramon Sessions had a game-high 15 points.

''I just didn't feel like we had that pep in our step,'' Drew said. ''We were talking about getting out in transition. ''Against a good team, you can't rely on your half court every possession.''

On paper, this was a mismatch from the opening tip - the two-time defending NBA champions against a young, undermanned squad that fell to 14-59 on the season.

But it wasn't the prettiest of games. Perhaps Miami was a little worn from their third straight road game and fourth in five contests.

''We came in with a workmanlike attitude,'' coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''There was a commitment to it. You could tell from the beginning we weren't trying to take the easy way out.''

James extended his consecutive-game streak of double-digit scoring to 564, the fourth-longest run in NBA history. But James only got to 10 with about 5:16 left in the third quarter on a 3.

Fresh off recording a triple-double in a 110-78 blowout win Friday night in Detroit, James had nearly as many turnovers (three) as points (four) in the first half. His two early buckets, though, came off open dunks that thrilled the crowd, a few of whom were wearing James jerseys.

Miami opened the game 3-of-14 from the field. The shooting improved, and the Heat clamped down on the other end and held the Bucks to 12-of-39 shooting (30 percent) in the first half.

The road trip ended with two straight wins after losing Wednesday in Indiana. Just like Friday night, James spent the fourth quarter on the bench with a victory well in hand.

''It was a great trip overall, just how we bounced back with all the adversity as far as guys in and out of the lineup,'' James said.

The only real drama in the second half was when James would get to double digits in scoring.

A dunk with 6 minutes left in the third gave Milwaukee a 54-38 lead. Khris Middleton missed a jumper, and James corralled the rebound before spotting up at the wing for his 3 to get to double figures.

Later, James got another defensive rebound and then threw a long outlet pass to a streaking Udonis Haslem down court for a layup.

James clapped, slapped his right hand on his thigh and waited down court on defense. His night was just about over.

Bothered by a sore hamstring, Wade watched in a gray suit and white sneakers in returning to the arena in which he played college ball at Marquette.

NOTES: Allen, sidelined with a stomach virus, played in Milwaukee from 1996 through part of the 2002-03 season. He holds the franchise record for most 3-point field goals in a game at home with 10. ... Chalmers missed the game with a bruised quad, and Greg Oden was also sidelined by back spasms. ... The Bucks have yet to win consecutive games all season. They were coming off a 108-105 win Thursday over the Lakers.

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Sunday's Early Tips
Mejia: Sunday's Late Tips
Bookmaker: Warriors go for sweep
News: First Round Series Odds
News: 2018 Playoff Results
News: First Round Predictions
76ers take control, top Heat for 3-1 edge
Rubio's triple-double leads Jazz past OKC
Dominant Davis wills Pels into 2nd round
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
8-1 L5 Days, 17-5 L22 Streak
8-2 +657 L4 Days, 4-0 G-Plays
11-2 L13 Guarantees, 6-3 L3 Days
24-10 L34 Picks, +3,796 Overall
19-8 Win Streak, 8-4 L12 G-Plays
5-1 L2 Days, 6-1 Totals, 4-0 G-Plays
4-2 Yesterday, +2,965 This Year
3-0 L3, 7-1 L8 NBA Picks
5-2 L7 G-Plays, +1,934 Picks TY
8-4 L12 Totals, 4-2 L6 G-Plays
6-2 L3 Days, 14-5 L19 G-Plays
9-3 L12 Guaranteed Plays
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 15-8 L23 Picks
6-3 Record L4 Days, +1,108 TY
19-6 L25 Totals, 28-13 L41 Picks
3-0 L2 Days, 2-0 Guarantees
7-2 L9 Picks/Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - NBA Playoffs - Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
2017 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3796
Antony Dinero + 2965
Kevin Rogers + 1934
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 580
Brian Edwards + 467
Zack Cimini + 390
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Alex Smart 57 %
Joe Nelson 56 %
Kevin Rogers 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 2802
Antony Dinero + 2376
Kevin Rogers + 2216
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2844
Scott Rickenbach + 735
The Gold Sheet + 531
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 965
Bruce Marshall + 897
Joe Nelson + 812
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership