NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Miami|
(Wednesday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Miami 96, Milwaukee 77
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James finished with 17 points and eight
assists in just 29 minutes as the Miami Heat led wire-to-wire and cruised to a
96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the
Heat easily completed a season-sweep of the Bucks for the first time in nine
seasons. James Jones and Toney Douglas added nine points apiece, while Dwyane
Wade missed his fourth straight game while dealing with a sore hamstring.
The Heat current sit on top of the Eastern Conference standings, leading the
Pacers by percentage points with eight games left on the schedule. Indiana has
just six tilts remaining. The Pacers lead the season series, 2-1, with one
final meeting set for April 11 in Miami.
"Our main focus is to try and get ready for that first round opponent," said
Chalmers. "Finish the season out on a strong note and make sure everyone is
Ramon Sessions paced the Bucks with 19 points, and Zaza Pachulia pulled down
16 boards. Milwaukee has dropped 11 of 12.
All five Miami starters scored before the game's first timeout, as the hosts
led 15-7 less than six minutes in. Bosh finished the opening frame with nine
points, and James put an exclamation mark on the quarter with his thunderous
dunk over Milwaukee big man Ekpe Udoh with 25 seconds left.
"Getting down to a team like that is tough to come back because they continue
to play hard and don't let up," said Bucks guard Brandon Knight. "They don't
make many mistakes."
The Heat led 33-19 after one, pushed the spread to 53-35 late in the second
and owned a 56-38 edge at intermission.
The lowly Bucks, who own the NBA's worst record and best odds in April's draft
lottery, never threatened the two-time defending champs in the second half,
trailing by double digits the rest of the way.
The Heat have won four straight and five of six. Miami moved to 2-0 on its
current five-game homestand ... Miami forward Udonis Haslem pulled down his
1,500th offensive rebound at 5:09 of the second quarter ... The Bucks won the
rebounding margin, 42-35, as Bosh, Miami's starting center, went without a
rebound in 26 minutes.
04/03 01:54:28 ET