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ReHeat: Miami winning streak at 5 with road victory over Bucks 88-78

  • The Heat now have their longest winning streak to open their longest road trip so far this season. It wasn't pretty at times but the Heat prevailed after the Bucks stormed back within striking distance in crunch time, much like the previous game against the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Dwyane Wade may have had bad nights playing in his hometown of Chicago but his Marquette days playing in this city have provided him with good fortune on a night where he grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go all along with 25 points. Last week's slump is now firmly in the rear-view mirror (though the 6 turnovers, along with the team's 18 overall turnovers, helped the Bucks stay in this game).
  • Just when you think Mario Chalmers is ready to challenge Carlos Arroyo for the starter's job at PG there's a game like this. Arroyo had arguably his best game this season with a perfect 6-6 from the field (2-2 beyond the arc) and 4-4 in free throws along with serviceable defense against Brandon Jennings (13 points, 3 assists, 5 fouls). Chalmers meanwhile had 2 points and 4 turnovers in 16 minutes.
  • For the Bucks, it was the Larry Sanders Show with plenty of highlight-worthy moments for the rookie. He was easily one of the more electrifying and intriguing players that I saw at the Summer League in Las Vegas this summer and he's developing rapidly. His stat line may not stand out as overly impressive but he's the type of player your eyes gravitate to when he's on the floor. Corey Maggete led the team in scoring with 20 points off the bench but much like every stop in his career his offense didn't translate to a victory.
  • LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas battled foul trouble throughout, partly due to some bad calls by the referees. Big Z had plenty of good looks at the rim but missed them all. The past few games but has been mired in a recent shooting slump but Erick Dampier and Juwan Howard had their moments controlling the paint when called upon.
  • Tom Haberstroh for "With Erick Dampier's putback with 41 seconds left in Monday's win over Milwaukee, Heat centers snapped their scoreless streak at 106 minutes dating back to the Cleveland game last Thursday. Dampier, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony had missed their previous 10 field goal attempts over that time. It hasn't slowed down the Heat as they cruised to their fifth double-digit victory in a row.
  • A good sign for the Heat was Chris Bosh's 12 rebounds, 3 of them on the offensive glass, to go along with another solid offensive game where he showed his shooting touch along with an underrated knack for finishing at the rim, especially in the second half. Mirroring the Hawks game, Bosh primarily stuck with jumpers in the first half but was more active in the post in the second half to great effect.
  • It was a game of runs for the entire duration: The Heat raced out to a 13-4 lead halfway through the first quarter and never trailed in the game yet the Bucks came back every time. Their first run ended up with a tie game at 25-25 a minute into the second quarter but then the Heat scored 11 straight points in less than four minutes of game-time. With only a few minutes left in the first half, the Heat run was up to 17-2. The Bucks then turned it around in the beginning of the second half by slowing the Heat down and taking away opportunities to get out on the open court. They managed to close within 51-47 on a 12-2 run but then the Heat went on their own run to boost it back up to 64-51. The Bucks scored 10 straight points to get to 74-71 and then the Heat responded with a game-winning 10-3 run to make it 84-74 and finished them off on the way to the important road win.