Bucks overcome slow start to beat Heat

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

Adjusting their defensive approach, keeping their heads, and sticking to the core principles that have made them such a juggernaut this season, the Bucks turned things around in the second half, though.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade suffered a bruised right hip after a nasty fall during the Heat's 113-98 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova each had 10 points in the quarter, Miami shot 5 for 20 and got outrebounded 16-8, and the lead was down to one going into the fourth.

Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 33 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, giving him his 49th double-double.

From there, Bucks 71, Heat 36.

The Bucks outscored the Heat 71-36 in the second half to seize control of the game, and Milwaukee won its league-best 16th game when trailing by more than 10 points in a game this season. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe had 21 and 17 points, respectively for the Bucks, who top the National Basketball Association with 52 wins, including 25 on the road.

Justise Winslow had all of his 20 points in the first half for Miami, which had its lead over Orlando and Charlotte for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference trimmed to just one game.

The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first quarter to a sore right heel.

A slick layup by Wade, who was a game-time decision to play despite an elbow injury, Winslow's third trey and Goran Dragic's tricky layup helped propel the Heat to a 37-19 lead after one quarter.

"To do what we did in the second half, I'm just pleased with the guys the way they were able to flip it", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

In 64 starts this season, Brogdon is averaging a career-high 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

The Bucks made as many 3-pointers in the third quarter - five - as the Heat made field goals.

The result was one of Milwaukee's more spectacular and memorable wins of the season, and a cause for further optimism even at this late stage of the regular season. Miami signed guard Charles Cooke to a 10-day contract before the game. The Heat led by as much as 23 in the first quarter and took a 62-42 lead into halftime.

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