Heat's 61st win equals franchise mark

MIAMI -- LeBron James was routinely outstanding, but it was Udonis Haslem's performance that stood out.

The Miami Heat tied the franchise record with their 61st win of the season, beating likely first-round playoff opponent Milwaukee 94-83 on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.

James led the Heat with 28 points and seven assists and added seven rebounds in just 29 minutes. Haslem had his first double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Haslem, a 6-foot-8 forward, stepped into the rebounding void created when center Chris Bosh and shooting guard Dwyane Wade sat out the game because of injuries and illness.

"UD, like quite a few guys on our team, they know what time of year it is," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Haslem, who helped Miami outrebound Milwaukee 49-37. "UD has always proven himself under the most pressure situations, particularly in the playoffs. We need him to be a presence on the glass."

Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with a game-high 30 points, but none of his teammates scored more than eight.

Perhaps most disappointing for the Bucks was the play of starting guard Monta Ellis, who had eight points, two assists and six turnovers in 28 minutes.

"Monta has had a few issues that he has been dealing with physically," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "We weren't able to get anything significant going in the game, so we figured the best way to handle it was to keep (Ellis) on the bench. I felt it was best to rest some of our guys and regroup for (Orlando on Wednesday)."

Meanwhile, the Heat (61-16) still has five games left to break the record, which was set in 1996-97 by the Miami team that featured center Alonzo Mourning and guard Tim Hardaway.

Current Heat player Mike Miller said he was "excited" to get to 61.

"Our main goal is to be there at the end," he said. "But when it is all said and done, it will be fun to look at some of the things we're doing."

Aside from the franchise record, the Heat also need one more win or one San Antonio Spurs loss to clinch the top seed in the NBA. It is almost certain they will play Milwaukee -- which has already clinched a playoff berth and sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference -- in the first round of the playoffs.

In Tuesday's game, the Heat began by going 1 of 19 from 3-point range before getting hot from long distance. Miami finished 8 of 35 (23 percent) on 3-pointers.

"They missed a lot of shots they normally make," Boylan said. "There were a lot of long rebounds that we didn't get.

"When you play a team like Miami and they have a poor shooting night like they did tonight, you have to take advantage. You have to chase down those loose balls. They ended up with (14) offensive rebounds, and that's way too much."

The Heat were on top 47-46 at halftime after earlier leading by as many as 11 points. The Bucks, though, hung tough and won the second quarter 25-21.

The momentum went back to the Heat in the third quarter, when Miami outscored Milwaukee 24-13.

"We didn't have our best (effort) by any means," Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said. "We just have to put this game to the side."

Despite the victory, Heat players such as forward Shane Battier said this was not the team's typically efficient game.

"We were out of rhythm," Battier said. "We were a little winded. We had great looks (at open shots). ... I'd much rather get this type of game out of our system now. I think everyone will focus a little better going forward."

NOTES: Bosh, who missed the Heat's previous game with a hyperextended knee, did not play Tuesday because of the flu. He will not travel to Miami's game at Washington on Wednesday. ... Wade missed his fifth straight game because of knee and ankle injuries. Spoelstra said Wade went through Tuesday's entire shootaround. "He is making progress," Spoelstra said. ... The Bucks have won just three of their past 11 games, but one of the players whom Boylan can rely on to give consistent energy and effort is 6-foot-11 center Larry Sanders, who is averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 9.6 rebounds. In addition, Sanders is considered one of the NBA's best defenders and ranks second in the league in blocks with 2.9. "He didn't really have a great summer, but he came back in September and was in great shape," Boylan said of Sanders. "Suddenly, he was everywhere on the floor, blocking shots. He's a big reason why we made the playoffs." He had eight points, nine boards and one block Tuesday.... On the injured list for the Bucks were forward Drew Gooden and center Ekpe Udoh.