Bucks vs Heat
Lead Changes: 4
Times Tied: 6


Attendance: 16,749
Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes

Brooms in the closet
The Bucks came into tonight as the only team in the NBA to beat the Miami Heat twice. The Heat are the second best team in the league with only seven marks in the loss column. They avoided a third loss at the hands of the Bucks in the teams' final meeting of the season with a decisive 114-96 win at Bradley Center.

LeBron James was at his best tonight, shooting 76% from the floor (16-21). Fourteen of his 21 shots came from inside the paint including four highlight reel dunks.

Three Quarters Too Many
The Bucks got off to a solid start, leading the Heat by four after one period. Carlos Delfino poured in 10 points and Brandon Jennings 8 as the Bucks shot 47.6% from the floor. That shooting percentage slipped to 31.6 in the second quarter as the Bucks shot just 6-19. The Heat meanwhile shot 56.5% and outscored the Bucks by eight in the second quarter. The third had a similar look as the Bucks were outscored by 11 and outshot by 25%.

Carlos continued his long range excellence by connectiong on 5-8 from three tonight. In his last four games, Delfino is shooting 67% (16-24) from deep.

The Bucks continued to move the ball on offense, dishing out 21 assists tonight. They've have had 20 or more assists in 11 of their last 13 games.

Offensive Glass
Miami outrebounded the Bucks 34-21 tonight, but the offensive glass totals were even at 14 a piece. Five of Drew Gooden's seven rebounds were offensive. Four of Ersan Ilyasova's six rebounds were of the same variety. The Bucks have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last eight games.

The Bucks take on the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night at Bradley Center. Six of the last seven games between these teams have been decided by single-digit margins, with all six being won by New Orleans. Milwaukee's lone win in that span was a 115-95 decision at the Bradley Center on 2/24/10. Wednesday's matchup is the only times these clubs will meet in 2011-12.


1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

YOU CAN'T SPELL REBOUNDERS WITHOUT ERS – Ersan Ilyasova has been a rebounding machine in recent weeks, grabbing at least one offensive board in a career-best 17 straight games and posting 10+ rebounds in four of his last six games. Those raw numbers are even more impressive when considering that Ersan has done it all in a reserve role and hasn't played more than 35 minutes in a game yet this season. Ersan already owns the top-two rebounding games by a reserve this season and ranks second in the league in double-digit rebounding efforts by a reserve.

ON THE OFFENSIVE - The Bucks poured in a season-high 113 points on Friday at Cleveland, at the time their third straight game with 100+ points and eighth such outing in the last 10 games. Despite falling below the century mark against Orlando on Saturday (94 points), the Bucks are averaging 100.0 points per game over the last 11 en route to a 6-5 mark over that span. For the season, the Bucks have cracked the century mark 13 times in 26 games, after doing so just 21 times all of last season. Overall, Milwaukee is 71-28 in the Scott Skiles era when scoring 100+ points, including 10-3 this season.

BOMBS AWAY – The Bucks had a brief two-game lull from behind the arc against Detroit (Feb. 3) and Chicago (Feb. 4), but are still shooting 38.3% as team from long range over the last eight games, including six games in that span with 8+ treys. Carlos Delfino's season-high six threes were part of a Bucks teamhigh 12 bombs at Toronto on Feb. 8, one of four games this season in which a Bucks player has hit 5+ threes (with Milwaukee 3-1 in those games).

BOARDING SCHOOL – The Bucks have now held a rebounding edge in each of the last three games, the first three nights the Bucks have outrebounded the opposition since losing starting center Andrew Bogut to injury. The effort on the glass in Cleveland on 2/10 was particularly unique, as the Bucks pulled down a season-high 51 boards without a single player grabbing more than seven. All 11 players who saw action grabbed at least two rebounds, and six different players had five or more boards. Further, all 11 players grabbed at least one offensive rebound.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS – On Saturday night vs. Orlando, Milwaukee went a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line, the second game this season with 100 percent shooting from the charity stripe. The Bucks rank among the league's best at the free throw line this season, shooting 78.6 percent as a team (4th in the NBA). Individually, six Bucks players are shooting 80 percent, including one of the players on the team with the most attempts this year (Gooden: 75-89, 84.3%, T29th in NBA). Stephen Jackson (82.8%, T37th in NBA), Mike Dunleavy (81.3%), Shaun Livingston (85.4%), Luc Mbah a Moute (85.3%) and Jon Leuer (81.0%) are all cracking the 80 percent mark this season as well. As a team, the Bucks have failed to shoot at least 70 percent from the line just once in the last 15 games.

  • Ersan Ilyasova tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds on Saturday, his third career game with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds.

  • Drew Gooden logged 42 minutes on Saturday, his most in a game in nearly four years (Gooden played 43 minutes for Chicago on 3/11/08).

  • Carlos Delfino is shooting 11-for-16 (.688) from behind the arc over his last three games. He went 4-of-5 on Saturday vs. Orlando and hit a season-high six treys on 2/8 at Toronto.

  • As a team, Milwaukee is shooting 38-of-91 (.418) from behind the arc over the last four games.

  • Milwaukee has had 20 or more assists in 10 of the last 12 games.

  • On Friday night in Cleveland, the Bucks set two new season-high marks for the team: 113 points and 51 total rebounds.

  • The Bucks have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last seven games.
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*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Andrew Bogut Left ankle fracture
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