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Summer League coverage: Miami Heat 78 - Milwaukee Bucks 58

With the first half between Miami and Milwaukee ending at a virtual deadlock after a hot first quarter by the Bucks on Friday night, Heat PG Patrick Beverley entered the game for the first time at the start of the second half and quickly set the tone for his teammates on both ends of the court to lead the Heat to an easy 78-58 victory and a 3-1 record so far in the Summer League tournament in Las Vegas. Showing no side effects from a bruised left knee sustained in an earlier game, Beverley conducted the offense efficiently while shutting down Bucks guard Sun Yue en route to a 23-5 run and a 62-40 lead without a single field goal from the Bucks. Surprisingly, Beverley did all this despite missing his only field goal of the game. "He’s a little lightning rod," said Shavlik Randolph about his teammate Beverley. "He comes in there and if he brings anything to the table it’s his defensive energy. He really gets after the other team’s point guards. You’re glad he’s on your side. He’ll dive for loose balls and take charges. He’s the littlest guy on the court but he plays with a really big heart." Beverley didn’t want to take all the credit for the easy victory. "I feel like our bigs did a great job today and especially our wings of getting down the floor. My first thing is to see what I got first and be aggressive at the same time. The more aggressive I get the more open plays and open looks our team gets." Known as a shoot-first guard in Arkansas, 2009 second round pick Beverley has managed to completely alter his game while playing overseas for Olympiacos in Greece last year. "As you can see I bring the energy, especially on the defensive side," Beverley said. "I think that’s my strongest point of my game is my defense. I think it was more of a collective unit and the energy level kind of picked up. Everybody got going defensively." Beverley wasn’t the only player hobbled with injuries. Dexter Pittman, who earlier in the day had signed a contract with the Heat, sat out his second consecutive game as well as Anthony Mason Jr and Jarvis Varnado, who did manage to get a few minutes in the second half and a couple of monster blocks. Kenny Hasbrouck also continued his solid run in the tournament. "We wanted to continue to execute on offense and stay up on our rotations on defense and we did that," said Randolph who led the Heat with a team-high 18 points. "We knocked down open shots but that was based off on how solid our defense was. When you’re getting stops it takes a lot of pressure off your shots." Coach Fizdale liked what he saw this game. "It started out very physical on both ends of the court. We weren’t taking care of the ball early and getting the shots that we wanted. But as we got settled into the game we started making the proper decisions, moving the ball to the extra man and really getting up on the defensive pressure."