A 4-point arena battle is just what the Heat and Bucks needed on Friday night, as the Heat cruised to a win over the Bucks in their third game of a three-game homestand.
The Heat opened the scoring with a 3-pointer in the first quarter, then led 28-14 after three minutes.
They scored 14 straight points to take a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Then the Bucks made a couple of big plays on the perimeter to tie it, as Milwaukee outscored the Heat 13-2 in the period.
Miami then outscorer Milwaukee by 16 points in the fourth and took the lead for good at 43-36 with 12:17 left.
Bucks coach Brett Brown was a bit shocked by the Heat’s success, but he also wasn’t expecting much.
“It’s tough,” Brown said.
“I thought they were pretty solid in the second half.
They did a great job getting into our zone.
They were shooting a lot better than we were.
We knew they were going to get stops.”
The Bucks made the most of their chances, outscoring Miami 18-8 in the third quarter, with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
Mason Plumlee also added 15 points for the Bucks, who won their fifth straight game.
Amber Williams added 15 for the Heat, who trailed by as many as 16 in the opening quarter.
The Heat then led by as much as 12 with 8:27 to play in the game, and they kept it close until they cut it to three at the buzzer.
It was the Bucks’ first win over Miami since January 2014.
The teams played three times this season.
This was the second time this season that the Heat have won four straight games in a row.
They also defeated the Lakers on Jan. 20.
The Bucks defeated the Warriors on Friday.