The surprising Milwaukee Bucks have accomplished a lot in what was supposed to be a transition season. They’re even starting to win on the road.
The Bucks will try to win a season-high fourth straight game away from the Bradley Center when they visit the Miami Heat.
Winners of four straight overall, the Bucks are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They are coming off a 105-97 win at Orlando on Wednesday. Their recent good fortune away from the Bradley Center comes following a seven-game road losing streak.
The win over the Magic marked the beginning of a four-game trip and a stretch of nine of 13 on the road, including an upcoming five-game West Coast trip.
“I think we’re starting to establish ourselves as a solid road team,” said Bucks forward Keith Van Horn, who finished with 25 points Wednesday. “In order for us to secure a three or four spot (in playoff seeding), we’re going to have to win the games on the road.”
Van Horn shot 11-for-19, and made all three of his 3-point attempts. Since coming over from New York in a Feb. 15 trade, he’s averaging 18.7 points on 49.5 percent shooting, going 14-for-24 on 3-pointers.
“Keith is just a solid player and he can do a lot of things for us. He can extend the defense, but also put it on the floor,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “It’s great to have him.”
The slumping Heat have lost four straight, including an 89-86 setback to Toronto on Tuesday.
Miami is tied with Cleveland for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Boston for the final playoff spot.
“We’re not mentally tough enough,” Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We are very good when we had absolutely no pressure on us, but when anything counted we’re terrible.”