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BUCKS BEAT UP HEAT: Milwaukee Uses Big Fourth to Roll Miami 104-85

BY GEORGE RICHARDS

TWITTER: @GeorgeRichards

MILWAUKEE -- Miami played a great third quarter on Saturday night. That was about it.

And Milwaukee ran away with a 104-85 win because of it.

The Heat, who only played well -- really -- in the first against Detroit, has now lost two straight games. Both of which, it should be noted, were by double digits.

"Milwaukee,'' coach Erik Spoelstra said, "kicked out butt. They were the better team tonight.''

Said LeBron James: "We played good ball in the third, put the pressure on them. But then they put it back on us. They got back into their comfort zone in the fourth.''

The Bucks were outscored 24-13 by Miami in the third and going into the fourth.

Spoelstra gave James a breather -- he usually plays through the third quarter -- and the Heat lost its edge without the reigning league MVP on the court.

Milwaukee broke out on a 23-5 run to open the fourth and led by 16 when James was called for an offensive foul with 5:22 left.

James led all scorers with 26 points -- including 14 in the third.

"I was dog tired,'' James said. "I was pushing the pace, trying to get us going in the third. Every time we got a rebound, I was getting us up the floor. I was feeling pretty good, but I went 10 straight minutes of just burning out. I would have been cheating my teammates had I stayed out there.''

"It happened so quickly. It seemed like a 20-0 run in which we couldn't gather ourselves,'' Spoelstra said.

-- Although the Pistons may not have gotten the Heat's attention after a big second quarter on Friday night, the Bucks sure did Saturday.

The Heat responded to Milwaukee's double-digit halftime lead by going on a tear with James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh outscoring the Bucks by 11.

The Heat outscored Milwaukee 27-13 in the third quarter (James, Wade and Bosh got 24 of those points) as the Heat erased a 12 point hole.

-- In the fourth, Miami didn't get that kind of offensive production from its All-Star trio -- and as has been the case this weekend -- didn't get much help from anyone else.

Of Miami's starting five, the Big 3 ended with 62 points.

Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers scored a total of eight.

"It's always been tough for us to play them,'' Wade said. "It's always a battle. They did their job and used their energy in the fourth quarter. They took a lead and we couldn't come back.''

-- In the fourth, James had just two points before finding the bench for garbage time as Milwaukee was rolling.

Wade had six in the fourth, but Bosh was held scoreless and Miami offered up little else.

-- The Heat, now 4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set, concludes its four-game road trip Monday as it plays the Magic for the first time this season.

"Over the past 48 hours, things have not gone the way we've wanted them to,'' Spoelstra said.

-- The good news for Miami was James went over the 20-point mark for the 28th time this season.

That ties Boston's Kevin McHale (1986-87) for most consecutive 20-plus games to start a season for second place behind George Gervin.

James now takes aim at Gervin's record of 45 straight 20-point games to start a season. Gervin did it to start the 1981-82 campaign.

James holds the franchise record with 33 consecutive 20-point games dating back to last season. James has scored at least 20 in 49 straight games if last season's playoffs are counted.

-- Miami was without forward Udonis Haslem after he came down hard on his left shoulder early in Friday's game.

Haslem suffered a hard fall during the opening minutes of the Heat's loss at Detroit.

Haslem appeared to crack his left shoulder by landing on a camera operator sitting underneath the basket after going up for a block.

Miami took time as Haslem clutched his shoulder and slowly walked toward the Heat bench. Haslem never left the game.

"U.D. is very sore with his shoulder,'' Spoelstra said before the game.

-- With Haslem out, Spoelstra turned to the lightly used Josh Harrellson in the second quarter.

Harrellson played 8:18 in the second quarter alone -- more than he's played in any game this season (previous high: 4:02 vs. Brooklyn) -- and almost as much as he had played the entire season.

By the end of the game, Spoelstra emptied his bench -- although he kept Rashard Lewis on it for the fifth straight game.

Miami's lineup with three minutes left: Harrellson, Norris Cole, James Jones, Joel Anthony and Terrel Harris.

-- If you were watching Friday's Heat game on television and thought Miami had things in control after a dominant first quarter, you weren't alone.

"I was feeling just like y'all were feeling early on,'' said Wade, who watched the Detroit telecast from the team's downtown hotel. "I thought it was going to be a good night.''

It wasn't. Miami led the host Pistons by 15 going into the second quarter but were flat after that as Detroit rallied for a 109-99 win.

Wade was suspended for Friday's game after kicking Charlotte's Ramon Sessions in the groin during Wednesday's win and wasn't allowed to be in the arena.

"They played good and we didn't play as well obviously,'' Wade said before Saturday's game. "Offensively we played well but we didn't defensively. They had a lot of open shots and have confidence. They got it rolling.''

Wade, a Marquette product, was warmly greeted by the Bradley Center crowd as he usually is. Marquette retired Wade's No. 3 in 2007 and his number and likeness is on a banner than hangs from the arena rafters.

-- Wade wasn't the only Heat player having a homecoming of sorts on Saturday as Ray Allen started his NBA career with the Bucks in 1996.

Allen missed Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury suffered on Christmas but returned Friday.

"It feels a lot better,'' Allen said. "When you get older you don't respond as fast as you did when you were younger.''


BUCKS BEAT UP HEAT: Milwaukee Uses Big Fourth to Roll Miami 104-85

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WE ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR THE LAST TWO LOSSES...

IS PAT RILEY HAS SOMETHING LEFT IN HIS SLEEVE....???

HOPE WE CAN TRADE BEFORE DEADLINE....

WE ARE NOT IN A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL...

JUST SAYIN...

WE DONT HAVE TO LOSS THOSE LAST 2 GAMES...

ANY NEWS FOR K-MART???

WISH TO GET RID OF PITTMAN AND MAYBE FOR JOEL ANTHONY AS WELL...

PICK-UP K-MART AND MAY LET HARRELLSON PLAY...

heat getting killed on boards christina bosh to skinny and not tough enough to bang with the big boys anthony hands of stone haslem too old pat get a banger too many second chance shots given up why bench lewis what did he do so wrong spo how much btter is lbj now than d wade few years ago talent level pretty much the same go heat

Not at all pretty. Same ole warts. Bi-polar team...in need of inside presence (for 10,000 time !)

Well, one time this happens, you think oh well. Second time it's a pattern. Third time it's a trend... One thing I noticed is the ref's aren't calling a fair game... We cough on them and get fouls called, and they physically bound us and no calls.. So, really not sure what's going on these days and why...

Glad to see D-Wade back... Nice to see the big three in there battling and trying to fend off a team on the road... I think that run at the end of the third really set the stage for a rough 4th quarter and they came out and took control of the game... OH WELL... WE MOVE FORWARD....

6-2, with 2 more to go with this ten and we should win the last two... NOT BAD...

Harrellson, I know you can shoot the long ball but thats not all you can do to help this team.. Get in there and fight for rebounds, set picks, pick and roll, your 6'11, get in the paint... plus your shot that hit the back-board had me laughing my a$$ off, come on man... I know you probably nervous getting minutes but be ready young fella, I have seen you play and you are better than that dam...

Listen, we come back down to Florida, we end the year on the strong note, and look to move into the new year with some positive momentum looking to understand what exactly the ref's or the league are trying to do in our games... At the end of the day if we keep a strong 7-3 record throughout, we still should end up with a top two seed... HEADS UP... We OK....

I still say we could use a trade... Watching all things Heat.. Title run 2013... We ok... 007...

Hey Bron, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.... Great year.... Hopefully this year's great too... 007...

20-8 DEFENDING NBA CHAMPIONS! PACE YOURSELF, WORK ON IMPROVING MONTH TO MONTH AND BY PLAYOFFS HAVE THAT MIAMI HEAT HEAT DEFENSE GOING AND THIS TEAM WILL WIN IT AGAIN. WHY? HOW? LEBRON JAMES! D-WADE,AND CHRIS BOSH! THE REGULAR SEASON ONLY MATTERS FOR TEAMS WHO CANNOT WIN ON THE ROAD IN THE PLAYOFFS NOT DURING THE REGULAR SEASON. REMEMBER THE CELTICS LAST YEAR! RELAX HEAT FANS THIS IS NOT THE DOLPHINS OR MARLINS! WE ARE THE BEST IN THE NBA TIL WE GET DETHRONED! WE KNOW HOW TO WIN! WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE SAME TWO TEAMS WHEN THEY TRAVEL SOUTH! THERE WILL BE NO MERCY! JUST BE READY AND ROLLING IN APRIL-JUNE!

take your cap lock off sounds like you yelling... DAM... giving me a headache...

You give me a headache with your stupid trade scenarios that will NEVER happen, "007", "watching all things heat", your a freaking moron!!!

Why you Hating... I watch a lot of basketball, see who's available and try to bring light to the possibility of them helping the Heat win.... Don't Hate just add to the convo or watch and listen... If you have a trade to add just post... If not, just watch and listen... No harm in that.. I try to be respectful in my comments.. I try to bring intelligent info to what might help the Heat... In my opinion... Like I said before, If you have info to add, plz do so.. 007...

Better yet... All you fans and players from other teams that come on our blog site... GET YA TEAM RIGHT.....007...

Not hating...why would I post a trade on here? We are the reigning world champs!!!??? I can rip anyone I want, it's why America is beautiful. And just because u watch a lot of basketball doesn't mean u know everything.

LOOK, if I waste my time trying to prove to you my knowledge of the game for free, that would be dumb on my part... I believe I have a wealth of knowledge for the game and really could help a team or organization, really would love to be able to help this team.... That's why I keep my comments coming... Now, if you feel the same, post yours... It's a long season... stay tuned...

OK, now, back to talking basketball... Good game 2nite... The Mavs are playing harder than they were when we played them last, gotta come to play... They would love to redeem themselves for getting blown out on their home court... This team will always be a rival because of past history.. We should have back-to-back title already, but them dam Mavs stole one... So every time we play them it's a must to take it to them... Plus, we finish this ten with a dam good number...

Watched the Knicks last night, now Amare's back... Does that mean anything??? And is Melo more help than he's saying??? They are a threat...

How do you feel about this trade three team deal???
Allen, Anthony to Sac-town, Evans to the Magic, Heat get Reddick...

I'm just sayin..

Morning Heat nation... Happy New Year...007...

Black we can lose Anthony, he's the only presence we have download defensively, riley is not going to trade allen.... and specially not for the chronicles of Reddick LOL, you make me laugh...sit tight and watch when we get to the playoffs how spray spray allen gona light em up

My take:

It still comes down to mind state. Why are the Clippers trying to have a great record and win every game and that goes with San Antonio while the Heat has a mentality of "We can lose a few" and "Let's just be ready during the playoffs." The Heat can break teams right now by being so dominating that everyone will concede the championship to them (break the other teams out of thinking they can win it all) and think the playoffs are just a formality. Why do the Heat struggle against Washington or the Bobcats? Why do they allow the game to be close? Spo should demand more from the team and not allow such a mind state to thrive in Miami.

Spo is still experimenting with lineups. Isn't that the story each year? Its fine to a point. Better to learn what works and what doesn't. But not playing Rashard Lewis?!? He may be a defensive liability so stick him in a line up with Joel or Haslem.

Black, I just have to ask what you do for a living? Are you a productive part of society? Or do you sit in your room all day and drum up a different trade scenario everyday that will never happen. So Reddick has a good game and now you want to trade for him? You make no sense whatsoever! I never write anything on this blog but I feel I needed to write something finally to understand where you are coming from. Not that you would tell me the truth as to what you do anyway. But your truly something else.

Really I own my own trucking company... I run general freight throughout the U.S. and take time off in the winter when I don't feel like dealing with bad weather around the country... But I can say, trying to add depth and pieces to a team that everybody is hating on and doesn't want to get any other good shooters or some size to help down low is difficult... So I try to add possible targets... Not to say, that Pat doesn't have people on that job, but hey, how could it hurt to just post a comment on here that opens the discussion.. What I don't get is why y'all get mad or hate on the fact that some of these moves could get done and opening up the lines of communication or adding attention to a player that isn't on our radar... Look, I'm very happy with the team we have, but if we could improve... Why not try...

One more thing... After the deadline, I go all in scouting our biggest threats and how to beat them... But until then I'm looking to see who can we pick up...

Hey, is it true that the Heat are in talks with K-MART???

OK, good win... way to battle, I like the fact that we didn't just give it to them...

We move forward...

This ten will be a little more tougher, but we still have the where with all to get it done... A lot of road games, so get ready for bad calls or should I say no calls.. Be careful, let's play 48 minutes throughout...

The Bulls coming to town, they have Rose on the bench getting ready.. That team is a move away from being in the convo... But you know they come to play and play hard... So let's keep our foot on their necks and win this game... Their coach complains a lot, and they get calls.. So expect it... But give them credit, they defend and rebound...

We come to play, we should be just fine... Let's start off on a good note.. Watching all things Heat.. 007..

Energy:

I get your point, but on some nights its just not gona happen man...these are NBA players, whether they play for washington or OKC these guys are in the NBA for a reason so just cuz we may lose to washington doesnt mean we're not bringing it...its a long season, and in the playoffs teams are not gona care if you beat them 4-0, 3-1 in the regular season, its a fresh start they're gona come for it regardless....

Yes, the reality is we will lose some games during the 6-month long 82-game schedule, some loses against good teams and some against abysmal teams like mj's. But to think that these professionals on these bad teams will just roll over for us because we 'took their heart' in the last matchup is non-sense. Ever know an NBA player that wasn't confident when they walked on the court?

We are on the top, other teams are trying to figure out how to match up with US, NOT the other way around. We don't need a slow-a$$ Kendrick Perkins type clogging up our driving lanes. We don't need a huge 7 footer that can't run the floor draggin us down.

When we see other teams that have quality big post men (and there aren't a lot left), we do have the option of doubling them when they catch the ball in the paint, making them pass back out.

We're good, like the third best record in the league? Get guys rested and healthy for the playoffs and none of you will bet against us.

Why am I paying for this app if the blog hasn't been updated this year yet?

to the usual suspects - greggembe, black the trucker, RP, rockstarjc, and others I may have missed...Happy New Year. Let's Blog it out if Joe starts updating more. Joe, I'm a big supporter, but we're missing a lot of updates and after game reports.

I say the Heat should go after a big man. I think we should make a trade. Sacramento can't handle Demarcus Cousins and he's on his way out. I could see us trading contract for contract Joel Anthony for Demarcus Cousins. I'm sure Sacramento may want more back, but Cousins has ruined his rep so badly that The Warden may be the best thing offered to get him. Then you drop Harrellson and sign Kenyon Martin (produce now, not later) and Hire Alonzo to help Cousin's channel his attitude into his play instead of bad public displays. If I was the Heat GM, I would seriously explore this option.

Energy, joe was supposedly gone for a week per George Richards. But to be honest it feels like he's on vacation when he is here anyway. George filled in on a couple of after game reports and did an amazing job! I wish we had him instead.

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