Notebook: Heat 98, Bucks 86



Posted Apr 23, 2013 11:19 PM

Zachary Paul, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: It could have been considered an off night for LeBron James.

No problem for the Miami Heat.

The team just turned to its other star and the supporting cast. Guard Dwyane Wade scored 21 points to lead the Heat to a 98-86 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday in Game 2 of their first-round series. Miami now leads 2-0.

Wade paced the Heat for three quarters before James was the leader of a fourth-quarter burst that broke things open. James finished with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting and added eight rebounds and six assists.

The Heat finished with five players in double figures, with Ray Allen and Chris Andersen both scoring 10 points off the bench.

Milwaukee kept it more competitive than in Game 1 behind strong play from Ersan Ilyasova, who scored a team-high 21 points. The Bucks also received 16 points from Mike Dunleavy off the bench.

QUOTABLE: "Well, we held the court. We protected it for two games. We did what we were supposed to do and that's it. Now we have to move on."
-- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

THE STAT: The Bucks' starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for just 15 points, 22 below their season average.

TURNING POINT: With the score 68-65 after three quarters, the Heat started the fourth with a 12-0 run. That was more than enough cushion for Miami to hold off a Bucks team that had been competitive up to that point.

QUOTABLE II: "In two games now, we seem to have a stretch of about four, five, six minutes where they kind of get away from us. We have to figure out how to keep that from happening and keep ourselves in the game."
-- Bucks coach Jim Boylan

HOT: Wade can often be forgotten because of James' dominance. But Wade showed he is still capable of carrying the load. His tip-dunk in the third quarter was proof that he's yet to lose a step. He just shows it less frequently.

NOT: Milwaukee might as well consider the season over if Ellis and Jennings continue to play like this. They combined to shoot 5-for-22 from the field. These two need to play above their abilities for the Bucks to have any chance.

GOOD MOVE: Chris Andersen was once again the team's energy spark off the bench. Miami lost some of the home crowd at the start of the third quarter until Andersen revitalized the fans with a few baskets, rebounds and a blocked shot.

BAD MOVE: J.J. Redick was non-existent for a second straight game. He had just one field-goal attempt. Although Dunleavy was solid off the bench, the Bucks are going to need more from Redick.

NOTABLE: Ray Allen needs three 3-pointers to tie Reggie Miller's career playoff record of 320 ... The Heat improved to 39-4 at home ... Heat forward Shane Battier received stitches under his chin after a fourth-quarter collision with Milwaukee's Larry Sanders ...The Bucks have never rallied from a 2-0 postseason deficit.

UP NEXT: Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee.