Heat Vs. Bucks: LeBron James And Miami Finally Beat Milwaukee With Convincing 114-96 Win

LeBron went off on Monday night, hitting 16 of 21 attempts from the floor to lead the Heat against a Bucks team that had beaten Miami twice previously this season.

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Video: Chris Bosh Summarizes Heat Victory

After the Miami Heat's Monday night victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Bosh summarized the victory consummately:

LEBRON POSTGAME INTERVIEW AND BOSH CLOWNING *LOL* HD VS BUCKS 2/13/12 (via HEATPOSTERIZED)


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Heat Vs. Bucks Recap: Miami Finally Breaks Through Against Milwaukee With Convincing 114-96 Win

After dropping their first two contests against the Bucks this season, the Miami Heat finally defeated Milwaukee on Monday night, cruising to a 114-96 win at the Bradley Center. LeBron James was on fire for the Heat, missing only five of 21 attempts from the floor 31 minutes. James finished with 35 points and eight rebounds.

Dwyane Wade had a huge first half and supported James with 22 points of his own. Mario Chalmers was the only other Miami starter in double figures as the Heat shot better than 53 percent from the field to extend their lead in each of the last three quarters. A huge 35-point third quarter let Miami coast in the final 12 minutes to finally get a win against a pesky Milwaukee team.

Miami now stays in the Central Division and travels to Indiana tomorrow to face an up-and-coming Pacers squad on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back.

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Heat Vs. Bucks Score Update: Looking To Avenge Two Prior Losses, Miami Leads Milwaukee By Five At Half

The Miami Heat are looking to get their first win of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The Bucks have beaten the Heat in their first two matchups this season, and are responsible for one of Miami's two home losses this year. After one half, the Heat lead 55-50 on the dynamic play of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

James and Wade are a combined 13 of 19 from the floor so far. Wade has a game-high 16 points while LeBron is right there behind him with 15 points. Mike Miller had the hot hand off the bench, hitting three of four attempts from behind the arc and adding nine points against Scott Skiles's defense.

Carlos Delfino is the only Buck in double figures, hitting three three-pointers and finishing the half with 13 points. The Heat will have to continue the pace on the offensive end if they want to get their first win of the season against this pesky Bucks team.

For more on the Miami Heat, visit SB Nation's Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Milwaukee Bucks, visit SB Nation's Bucks blog Brew Hoop. Don't forget to also stay tuned to SB Nation's NBA basketball hub.

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Miami Heat Visit Milwaukee Bucks: Injuries And Starting Lineups

Injuries:

Miami Heat:

Backup center Dexter Pittman left the game last night with an injured right shoulder.

Milwaukee Bucks:

Starting center Andrew Bogut is still out until the middle of March with a left ankle fracture.

Starting Lineups: (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks)

Heat:

Point guard - Mario Chalmers (11.1, 2.6, 3.7, 1.3, 0.2)

Shooting guard - Dwyane Wade (22.2, 4.1, 4.9, 1.8, 1.4)

Small forward - LeBron James (27.9, 8.2, 6.9, 1.7, 0.7)

Power forward - Chris Bosh (19.2, 8.2, 2.0, 0.9, 0.8)

Center - Joel Anthony (3.3, 4.3, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0)

Key off the bench: Udonis Haslem seems to have recovered from his cracked rib. Bet the over on nine rebounds tonight.

Bucks:

Point guard - Brandon Jennings (18.6, 3.4, 5.4, 1.6, 0.3)

Shooting guard - Shaun Livingston (7.6, 2.3, 2.2, 0.7, 0.4)

Small forward - Carlos Delfino (8.8, 3.6, 2.0, 1.3, 0.3)

Power forward - Luc Mbah a Moute (6.2, 4.4, 0.5, 0.8, 0.7)

Center - Drew Gooden (12.8, 6.2, 1.8, 0.6, 0.5)

Key off the bench: Ersan Ilyasova has averaged 10.8 rebounds over his last six games.

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Miami Heat Visit Milwaukee Bucks: Facts And Figures

Miami has won 53 and lost 33 all-time matchups with the Bucks, but have already lost the series this season. The Heat sit comfortably in the two seed while the Bucks are in the nine slot, looking up at the New York Knicks, a half game behind. After a home loss and an away loss at Milwaukee, all Miami has left is to salvage this one.

Common Thread:
Bucks guard Shaun Livingston played four games for the Heat in 2008-09. In 41 minutes total he scored nine points and dished out four assists.

Team Milestones:

With three more 3-pointers, James Jones will move past James Posey into 13th on the all-time list, with 215.

10 more free throws for Chris Bosh will move him past Sherman Douglas into 18th all-time, with 514.

14 rebounds for Joel Anthony will move him into the franchise top 20, passing Michael Beasley with 938.

With six points tonight, Chris Bosh will move into 24th all time, passing Jason Williams with 1,981.

41 points in tonight’s game will move LeBron James past Steve Smith into 13th all-time, with 2,906.

Team Leaders:

PPG:
LeBron James – 27.9
Dwyane Wade – 22.2
Chris Bosh – 19.2

RPG:
Udonis Haslem – 8.3
Chris Bosh, LeBron James – 8.2

APG:
LeBron James – 6.9
Dwyane Wade – 4.9
Mario Chalmers – 3.7

SPG:
Dwyane Wade – 1.8
LeBron James – 1.7
Mario Chalmers – 1.3

BPG:
Dwyane Wade – 1.4
Joel Anthony – 1.0
Chris Bosh – 0.8

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Miami Heat Visit Milwaukee Bucks: Game 29 Preview

Milwaukee seems to have the Heat's number this season, with two straight wins, can Miami exorcise their Bradley Center demons? Find out tonight at 8.

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