Through three quarters Saturday, Miami and Milwaukee were evenly matched. Then everything came apart in the fourth for the Heat.
The Bucks held Miami to just 14 points in the quarter and turned a close game into a laugher, winning 104-85 at home. Brandon Jennings led five Milwaukee players in double figures to deal the Heat their second straight loss.
Down by two points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bucks went on a 15-4 run over the first five minutes. Miami got within eight after Dwyane Wade nailed one of two free throws, but Milwaukee pushed ahead for good with another long run, this one 16-3, to put things away. A Jennings three-pointer with 3:14 left to make it 100-79 was the final nail in the coffin.
Jennings scored 25, dished out seven assists and picked off four passes. Larry Sanders double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds, adding four blocks. Mike Dunleavy scored 18 off the bench with three three-pointers and nine rebounds. Wade, in his return from a one-game suspension for kicking Charlotte's Ramon Sessions in the groin, scored 24 points with six rebounds. LeBron James added 28 points and seven assists, but turned the ball over six times. But the big three of Wade, James, and Chris Bosh were the only Heat players who broke double-digits, and Miami's bench totaled just 15 points.
The Heat will play their final game of 2012 on New Year's Eve at Orlando. Tip-off will be at 5 p.m. ET.