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Another day, another good defensive game, another Heat win

Mar 16, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

Miami Heat Chris Bosh is congratulated by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during second half NBA game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee Reuters

The storyline going into this game was that it was the Milwaukee Bucks back in 1972 that snapped the Lakers 33 game winning streak, and now they had the chance to snap the Heat’s streak at 20.

That 1972 Bucks team had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. With all do respect to Monta Ellis and Larry Sanders, it’s not quite the same thing.

In 2013 we saw a lot of what we have seen from the Heat in the 20 games prior — very good defense (the Bucks shot 37.1 percent from the floor) and big games from the big three and the Heat pulled away for a comfortable 107-94 win on the road.

That makes 21 wins in a row for the Heat, the third longest streak in NBA history. They can tie the second longest — 22 wins from the fluke run of the 2008 Rockets — with a win Sunday over Toronto. If you’re looking for the next game that could likely trip up the Heat look at Monday — the second game of a back-to-back facing Boston, a good veteran team that will be fired up for the challenge.

The Heat took control of this game in the second quarter when they went on a 12-2 run, one that not so coincidentally started after Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade re-entered the game. Wade had returned from taking a bad fall in the first quarter and having to pass a concussion test, but he still finished the game with 20 points and 9 assists playing more of a facilitator role than normal.

Chris Bosh was the best of the big three on this night, he had 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting, with 7 rebounds thrown in. His jumper was falling and that just spaced out and the Bucks defense, which left room for LeBron James to slash into the paint. He had 28 points.

The Heat led comfortably in the second half, and any time it felt like the Bucks would make a run one of the big three would shut it down. Or they’d get a three from Shane Battier or a good defensive play from Norris Cole (hey, that can happen).

The Bucks vaunted backcourt could not knock down shots like they needed — Monta Ellis was 3-of-11, Brandon Jennings was 6-of-15 and J.J. Redick was 4-of-11. That’s not going to get it done against the Heat.

This well could be a first round playoff matchup, and while one should be careful about reading much into playoff results based on regular season games, you get the feeling this wouldn’t last very long. The Heat and their defense are just too much.

  1. steelers4385 - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    So lucky. I wish bball was won by playing..well you know…bball and not at the foul line. Its all about who the better actors are. And the heat must have denzel washington as their personal acting coach

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:05 AM

      You are dumb.

    • mannyfresh209 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      Maybe you weren’t aware, but the FT discrepancy between the two teams was 1. That’s not a typo, that’s 1. That REALLY decided the double-digits-points victory.

    • leahcima1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Lousy game of fouls? Why don’t you just stick with the Cartoon Channel and not waste your time watching, what do you called it, oh yes, bball.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I hope you don’t have guns.
      dumb + gun = trouble.
      oh boy!

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Didn’t you get the memo: dumb + guns = Tea Party useful idiot.

  2. jmet11 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    @steelers4384 did you watch the game or just blindly comment? The discrepancy in free throws was 1 (22 to 21). Plus the Heat are a slashing team which leads to drawing more fouls.

    • mannyfresh209 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      Lol, just saw this comment after I posted my identical one. Needless to say, I concur with your response lol.

  3. yousuxxors - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    no one is stopping lebron this year

  4. rayray5227 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Who cares?

    • rawgator06 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      If you are an NBA fan, you should probably care. This streak is reaching historical levels and the players are showing the fans exciting, unselfish basketball..

  5. pantsfreezone - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    The rest of the NBA are the Washington Generals.

  6. rawgator06 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    All week the media has been hyping up the Heat-Bucks game as if the streak was seriously on the line. Does this article mean you guys will stop disrespecting the 1972 Bucks? I am a heat fan and I know anyone can win on any given day, but the reason the Lakers streak was snapped by the 72 Bucks is because they were a team filled with hall of famers

    • davidly - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      They had two hall of famers. Granted, they were arguably the greatest players of all time at their respective positions, but still.

      It is not disrespecting the ’72 Bucks to suggest that a team of pro basketball players can be extra-motivated by something of this nature to have an extraordinary game and beat the hottest team in the league. It happens. It is only natural to speculate on such things. These sorts of sychronistic things have occurred throughout history, the most notorious, in the NFL in ’85 when Miami beat the dominant Bears to keep them from equalling the Dolphins own ’72 undefeated season.

      In short, their streak is on the line in every game, the Milwaukee connection just made it more intriguing, even if you want to poop all over it.

  7. 13arod - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Just give the heat the nba championship already

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I think you’re lying.

  8. rodge1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    People from Pittsburgh don’t know about basketball. Unless you’re not from Pittsburgh and are a bandwagon Steeler fan… Either way you are not the first to make a lame excuse about why the Heat won. The ref excuse is a classic and a favorite of mine. Try watching the game(s) instead of making dumb comments. And if you knew anything about basketball you would shut your ignorant mouth and appreciate what is happening… Good day to you hater

  9. progress2011 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    If they can stay healthy (that Wade fall was scary) they have a chance to re-peat.

  10. steelers4385 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I watched the game..and i will not argue about free throws. Im just saying in general. The heat and the thunder cry about fouls more than anyone. And lebron is such a fraud. Every time that girl goes down he acts like he is dying, and 30 seconds later he is dunkning on players. Please spare me your excuses band wagon jumpers. Its never gunna go away the heat and lebron had to make a super team bc lebron cant do it without multiple superstars on his team. Get bent losers

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      You are very, very dumb.

  11. miamatt - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Looks like another troll to ignore.

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