Bucks 108, Heat 104
MILWAUKEE (AP)—Another close game, another victory for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks’ prevous two wins—against Memphis and Boston—were by two points each.
“The last few games have been too close for comfort,” Redd said. “But we managed to get a win and get it done.”
Miami rookie Dwyane Wade left the game with a sprained right foot with about five minutes left in the third quarter. He went to the locker room early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
“We’re just going to evaluate it and see where it’s at,” Wade said.
The Heat allowed their highest point total of the season, and lost their third straight game.
“There was nothing positive about this one,” Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Milwaukee had a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Miami got within three late when Rafer Alston’s 3-pointer cut the Bucks’ lead to 107-104 with 4.8 seconds left. However, Keith Van Horn made one free throw to secure the victory.
“You know they’re going to make a run,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “They hit some shots and really cranked it up on the boards. We just didn’t turn it up with them.”
Wade, playing in his first game at the Bradley Center since helping Marquette reach the Final Four last season, missed all seven of his field goals. He had six points while going perfect from the free-throw line, and added five rebounds and five assists. He also had five turnovers in 25 minutes.
“I had an off night,” Wade said. “I don’t think I ever went a game without hitting a shot. But that’s the way it goes some nights. Some nights you’re good, some nights you’re not. This was one of those nights and I’m sorry it had to be in Milwaukee.”
Wade, averaging 17 points per game, injured his foot late in the first quarter when he was bumped awkwardly into the padded support of the basket while on defense.
The play started when Redd stole the ball from Wade and went in for a layup. Odom hit Redd’s arm, causing Redd to knock Wade into the post with 1:30 remaining. Wade re-entered the game in the second quarter.
“At the time it felt real bad but I came back and tried to play,” said Wade, who was on the injured list the last time Miami visited Milwaukee on Jan. 9. “I was just hurting myself and the team more.”
Milwaukee shot 58.8 percent (10-of-17) in the third quarter to take an 86-67edge into the fourth quarter.
Damon Jones has 46 assists and five turnovers over his last six games. … The Bucks have scored 100 points or more in nine of their last 10 games. … Milwaukee won its fifth straight game against Miami. … Milwaukee’s Joe Smith missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. … Miami allowed more than 100 points for just the second time in the last 24 games. The Heat allow 89.4 points per game, but Milwaukee had 86 after three quarters. … The Bucks are 17-3 at home against the Eastern Conference. … Miami’s nextfour games are at home and Milwaukee’s next four are on the road.