The Miami Heat finally got their first win -- in the 2011/12 NBA season -- against the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 13, walking away with the 114-96 victory.
The game started out competitively, with the Bucks taking a five point lead into the halftime break. The Heat looked like a completely different team in the third quarter, outscoring the Bucks by 11 points. The Heat kept up the pressure in the final quarter, securing their first win against Milwaukee this season.
"They started out good, knocking down some threes, but our competitive spirit was much better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game. "Offensively, we were able to play to our identity."
LeBron James led the Heat in their valiant effort against the Bucks, finishing with a game high 35 points and 8 rebounds.
"I know what happened in the third quarter the last time we played here," LeBron told reporters. "We had a big lead and they just came out and jumped on us. It was good that we were able to come out and put some pressure on them… It's not about one guy. Everyone is in a flow. When we're in a flow, we're a really good team."
Dwyane Wade also had a solid game against the Bucks, putting up 22 points and 5 rebounds. Chris Bosh had another tough night with his jumper, scoring only eight points against Milwaukee.
Miami's "big three" have gotten a lot of attention ever since LeBron and Bosh joined the team. Given how well Mario Chalmers has played, it's probably time that phrase is changed to the "big four." Chalmers has certainly established himself as major part of the Heat's identity, putting up another impressive performance against the Bucks. Chalmers converted on three of his four three-point attempts, finishing the game with 13 points.
Mike Miller had a solid game coming off the bench, shooting 75 percent from three point range. Miller walked away with 9 points and 8 rebounds against the Bucks.
The Heat will play their third game in three days, when they face the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 14. The Pacers are currently 7-3 at home, and the Heat will have their work cut out for them.
Associated Press, "LeBron James scores 35 as Heat finally find a way past Bucks"
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