Bucks win a “must-win”
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 138-122 Wednesday Night at home. It was a nice win for the team, highlighting the overall depth and balance of the squad. Brook Lopez led the way with 25 points. Jrue Holiday went for 24 on 10 of 19 shooting with 11 assists.
Miami seemed to be somewhat shocked at times at the play of Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis in the first quarter. The Bucks were able to play aggressive and control the paint. The length and size of the Bucks finally seemed to play to their advantage.
The series is now tied 1-1. For Milwaukee to get back in this they will need to take one of two from Miami, in Miami. In the NBA regular season the teams split their 4 games; Milwaukee won both home games and Miami won both home games.
The stats and box score are really eye opening. Milwaukee, as a team, had 9 steals. In the regular season they barely averaged 6 a game. Those three possessions, all dunks, made a big difference.
Why the Bucks won?
Did they Defend the Three and Rebound: yes they did.
Miami still shot well from the three (44%). But it wasn’t like Game One. (60%) Right now, Miami is simply shooting the ball well. The key tonight was Milwaukee was better.
Also, Milwaukee was the leading team rebounding team in the regular season with 48 rebounds per game. Tonight the Bucks had 45 team rebounds. That was a considerable improvement over Game One.
138 Points is a lot from Milwaukee. So was 122 from Miami; especially since they barley averaged 109 points per game in the regular season. Much has been made, including the Heat’s official twitter page, how well the Heat did in shooting the ball in Game One. The typical Bucks fan’s response has been, “they won’t shoot that well again?!” Of course they did not shoot that well in the NBA regular season- 34% from 3 and 46% from the field.
In this game the Heat seemed to come back to earth a little.
Brook Lopez Came to play!
In his post-game press conference Coach Mike Budenholzer said, “Brook had a heck of a year. How he plays, night in a night out is more important for us.” That was so true! To see Lopez score at will in the first quarter really helped set the tone for the team.
The Bucks play the Heat Saturday Night in Miami. Keep an eye here on wisportsheroics for updates. The biggest, of course, is will Giannis be healthy enough to play.
The Heat were a decent home team this season. They had a 27-14 team. But in Game Three expect the Bucks to continue to rise above. Hope abounds in Milwaukee tonight that they can continue onto the next round.
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lets go heat we better win saturday heat 135 bucks 120