Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were in the building and even met during halftime to discuss fighting in May. After they took their seat, they witnessed Jerryd Bayless knockout Miami.
The Miami Heat came into the game needing a victory for playoff positioning and left closer to the 8th seed than to 6th.
The Hassan Whiteside impact is taking over the city. There were only standing room only once the ball was tipped. Milwaukee was clearly aware of Whiteside being around, as they were called for a defensive three-second violation within the first few minutes of the game. Whiteside's first points was a dunk but it was Danny Granger (starting for only the fourth time this season) who was hot. His first 3-pointer was his 1000th and went perfect three more times from beyond the arc. After one quarter the Bucks lead the Heat 30-29 with 9 points apiece from Bosh and Granger. The most weird stat was how Miami shot 70% after one quarter but still trailed.
The second quarter had Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Granger all being effective as the Heat opened up with a 9-0 run and got right back into the game. Chris Bosh, who's only averaged about 15 points against Milwaukee at 13 by half time.
The Bucks also dominated the paint in the first two games against Miami but due to the effect of Whiteside on the floor, Miami had a 22-18 edge. Unfortunately for the Heat, the bench only had four points while the Bucks dominated with 17. The back court for Milwaukee was their strength, as both Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton had 23 points and 5/7 from three point land together. Miami trailed at the half 54-50
The Heat played a solid quarter in the third, unlike many third quarters this season. Bosh had a corner 3 as the Heat opened up the quarter outscoring Milwaukee 12-5. The Heat then went on a 12-2 run and at one point were up 62-59, behind Mario's 7 points. Milwaukee suffered a loss with Ersan Ilysova going down with an injured groin, but Miami suffered an even larger setback with Wade leaving once again with a hamstring. So far this season Wade has had to sit out twice with left hamstring issues and this time it was his right. The Bucks responded with an 11-1 run to tie the game at 79. Chalmers had 12 points in the third quarter (which was his highest 3rd quarter this season) but it was the Bucks bench scoring its way to a 34-7 edge over Miami.
Both Whiteside and Bosh sat out for stretches in the 4th quarter, and without Wade there either, Miami ended playing terrible basketball. Whiteside came back in to the game with 9 minutes to play and the Heat down 89-86. Once he checked back in, he earned his 5th double double in the past 9 games with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Miami at one point were leading in the 4th quarter 86-85 but then everything took a downward turn since then. The Bucks went on a 17-5 run with Bayless taking over in the 4th quarter. Down the stretch Miami also missed a crucial five free throws in a row until the two-minute mark. There were also four Bucks players from the bench who scored in double figures as well.
Another game gets away from Miami and the Heat at home have an abysmal record of 8-14. With Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Andersen all being out, things don't look good for Miami -- especially with the Dallas Mavericks coming into town next.
Team owner Mickey Arison tweeted that the AmericanAirlines Arena could host a Manny vs Floyd fight.
Unfortunately the Heat can't seem to put up a good one for themselves.