Sunday night at 6PM, the Heat will host the Milwaukee Bucks at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL. This will mark the first of four meetings this season between them, with another matchup in Miami on January 27th. They'll play in Milwaukee on December 5th and on March 24th. Miami is in the seventh game of an 11-game stretch where they have been alternating home and road games. They'll travel to Brooklyn after the game to face the Nets tomorrow night. The Bucks are closing up a quick two game Florida roadtrip. They lost to the Orlando Magic 101-85 on Friday night, and they'll host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
The last time Miami faced Milwaukee was April 2nd last season, when the 51-22 Heat hosted the 14-60 Bucks. LeBron James scored 17 with eight assists and four rebounds, Chris Bosh added 15, and Mario Chalmers had 14 with four boards, three assists and two steals. For the Bucks, Ramon Sessions scored 19 with six helpers, Jeff Adrien had 14 and grabbed seven rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia scored nine with 16 boards. * Box Score * Full Recap
It's always beneficial. We put together some very good games as of late and some of our big guys have been able to rest in the fourth. It starts with our defense, not turning the ball over offensively, being very efficient and being able to build those leads. - LeBron James, who sat out the fourth quarter
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Miami's last action would see them drop a 114-103 decision to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Paul Milsap and Al Horford each scored 19 points, leading eight Hawks in double figures. Mario Chalmers earned the only double-double of the game with 23 points and 11 assists for Miami, and Shawne Williams drained five-of-six from deep in the losing effort. * Box Score * Full Recap
I guess it's a process. That's what I keep telling myself to keep myself sane, but eventually we're going to have to turn the corner. - Chris Bosh, concerned about Miami's defense.
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The Bucks last played on Friday, when they lost to the Orlando Magic, 101-85. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Giannis Antetokounmpo pitched in 19 with seven boards off the bench. The Magic's winning effort was powered by Tobias Harris, who scored 26 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic helped out with 18 points and nine boards. * Box Score * Full Recap
Thirty points in a quarter and then we started settling for jump shots when we were getting the ball in the paint. When you start to score at that rate, you've got to continue to put pressure on them, and also you've got to knock down shots when you're wide open. - Jason Kidd commenting on Milwaukee putting up 30 in the first quarter, then totaling 55 points the rest of the way.
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All-Time Record: Miami is 60-34 all-time against the Bucks.
Miami Heat: 5-4, .556, on pace to go 46-38. Third in the Southeast Division, sixth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 14th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-W-L-L. Playoff Odds: 68.1%
Milwaukee Bucks: 4-5, .444, on pace for 38-46. Third in the Central Division, tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 18th in the NBA. Last Five: L-L-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 48.2%
This Day in HEATstory
It doesn't get worse than November 16th for the Heat, who have gone 2-10 on this date throughout their history.
1990 - Pacers 106, Heat 80
1991 - Heat 120, Bucks 116, OT
1994 - 76ers 109, Heat 96
1996 - 76ers 91, Heat 89
1999 - Trail Blazers 101, Heat 96
2001 - Hornets 96, Heat 87
2002 - Wizards 95, Heat 65
2003 - Lakers 99, Heat 77
2004 - Timberwolves 108, Heat 97
2007 - Celtics 92, Heat 91
2008 - Raptors 107, Heat 96
2013 - Heat 97, Bobcats 81
No Heat or Bucks players have birthdays today, but 13-year veteran of the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks Amar'e Stoudamire is turning 32 years old.
Luol Deng is eight points short of 11,000 for his career. Mario Chalmers is one three-pointer short of 600. Chris Bosh will pass 7,000 rebounds with 24 more, and move into 9th on Miami's all-time list with 27 rebounds, which would pass LeBron James with 2,225.
If Norris Cole plays 43 or more minutes, he'll pass Sherman Douglas into 28th on Miami's all-time chart, with 5,130. Bosh is 32nd with 121 three-pointers while on the Heat, and Cole is in 31st with 123. They can both pass Rex Chapman, who is currently 30th with 125. With two steals, Bosh will move into sole possession of 15th on Miami's all-time list, passing Sherman Douglas with 271.
Udonis Haslem is one block from moving into Miami's all-time top 10, and will tie John Salley in that position with his 233rd.
Possible Starting Lineups
|PG||Norris Cole||Brandon Knight|
|SG||Dwyane Wade||Kendall Marshall|
|C||Chris Bosh||Jabari Parker|
|SF||Luol Deng||Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|PF||Shawne Williams||Khris Middleton|
|PPG||Chris Bosh - 21.6||Brandon Knight - 18.1|
|Dwyane Wade - 19.8||Giannis Antetokounmpo - 11.8|
|Luol Deng - 14.8||OJ Mayo - 11.4|
|RPG||Chris Bosh - 9.1||Larry Sanders - 7.8|
|Shawne Williams - 4.6||Brandon Knight - 6.1|
|Udonis Haslem - 4.3||Jabari Parker - 5.6|
|APG||Dwyane Wade - 6.4||Brandon Knight - 6.7|
|Mario Chalmers - 4.1||OJ Mayo - 3.4|
|Norris Cole - 4.0||Jerryd Bayless - 2.2|
|SPG||Mario Chalmers - 1.4||Larry Sanders - 1.7|
|Chris Bosh - 1.4||Brandon Knight - 1.3|
|Luol Deng/Dwyane Wade - 1.3||Jabari Parker - 1.1|
|BPG||Shawne Williams - 0.7||Larry Sanders - 2.0|
|Dwyane Wade - 0.6||John Henson - 1.3|
|Justin Hamilton - 0.5||Giannis Antetokounmpo - 0.7|