Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Milwaukee Bucks (16-10) play against the Miami Heat (11-11) at FTX Arena

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

Milwaukee Bucks 104, Miami Heat 113 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics next three opponents are Phoenix, Milwaukee and Golden State. So yeah, things can get worse. – 12:03 AM
Jim Paschke @Paschketball
To put a 4-13 night by Giannis into a different context, his career FG% against every team in the league is 50%+, with two exceptions. Golden State .487 and Miami .492. – 12:02 AM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I asked Caleb Martin about his late-game poster, and if pulling that ball out was ever a thought:
He mentions that he’s seen so many things go wrong when pulling the ball out, so he just went with the open lane – 11:25 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Kyle Lowry hinted that Erik Spoelstra gave the team a 3-point attempt target tonight.
“He said get ’em up.”
The Heat took 47 3s and tied a franchise record with 22 makes. They probably hit the target. – 11:18 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Back in the #WINNING column. Take a look at tonight’s gritty win Through The Lens 📸 – 11:18 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Kyle Lowry on P.J. Tucker: “He’s one of the best defenders in the league. He should make the all-defensive team every single season.” – 11:16 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Lowry on PJ Tucker’s defense:
“He should make all-defensive team every single season…Even when he wasn’t my teammates I thought he should.”
@5ReasonsSports11:16 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Kyle Lowry: “Shout out to Caleb Martin, because if he didn’t play well in the first half we would have gotten blown out.” – 11:14 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Lowry:
“First off, shout-out Caleb Martin. If he didn’t play the first half, we would’ve gotten blown out.”
@5ReasonsSports11:14 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
P.J. Tucker hits the nail on the head talking about KZ Okpala. “We need him.”
Heat hope this game is a step in the right direction. Important 4-6 weeks for him. – 11:12 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I asked PJ Tucker a question about finding guys in the dunker spot after getting the ball on the roll after the blitz:
He talks about it being all about the reads, and “it’s the beauty of Duncan.”
And yes, I asked a dunker spot question with @NekiasNBA in attendance – 11:12 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
“It’s the same defense we’ve seen for 4 years.”
Coach Bud’s ASL Press Conference: pic.twitter.com/ZEn4se5VfC11:12 PM

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Shorthanded Miami Heat shock Milwaukee Bucks 113-104 hothothoops.com/2021/12/8/2282…11:06 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
As UD says, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready! pic.twitter.com/HLVmtmcfNw11:04 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Wednesday night’s 113-104 victory over the Bucks: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
1. Closing time is Strus time.
2. After Martin sets the tone.
3. As Lowry steps up with his offense.
4. And Spoelstra realigns shorthanded rotation.
5. With Tucker the glue guy. – 11:02 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bobby keeps grinding.
18 PTS | 7 REB | 7-13 FGM pic.twitter.com/NUUByvpbq310:58 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Can we talk about how Max scored all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter? CLUTCH 🔥 pic.twitter.com/XKFhD12rF410:53 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue held it down tonight.
27 PTS | 4 REB | 4 AST | 71 FG% pic.twitter.com/UEl2tK0fp910:53 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Highlights from tonight’s game vs. Heat. pic.twitter.com/sJAa5AAW4010:46 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
QB1 was dishing out dimes all night (13 assists) and took over in the third quarter with 16 points in the frame (22 total). pic.twitter.com/t6k3CYGywN10:44 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Erik Spoelstra on Caleb Martin: “He’s our kind of guy.”
Martin has already been active in 25 of the 50 allowed games under his two-way deal. Heat will likely have to convert his contract to a standard deal at some point down the road this season. – 10:42 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Big win for the Heat B-team and just a masterclass from PJ Tucker tonight — the Bucks weren’t willing to pay him and now he’s outplayed Giannis in both matchups this season. That decision isn’t aging well. – 10:40 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
The catalyst of tonight’s win.
Caleb stepped up in his starting role with career-highs of 28 points and 6 3s. pic.twitter.com/aWvYrDQtWs10:40 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
This is the first time the #Bucks have lost with their “big three” on the court together and it’s only the second time they’ve dropped a game since mid-November. The #Heat tied a franchise record with 22 threes. – 10:39 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus:
“KZ is special. I don’t think he knows how good he can really be on the defensive end.” – 10:38 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
During the #Rockets 7-game winning streak, Houston has beaten the top 2 teams in the East (Nets, Bulls). The 3rd best team in the East (Bucks) visit Toyota Center on Friday night. – 10:38 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus on PJ Tucker:
“He’s our anchor.” – 10:37 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus: “Any shot I put up, I didn’t think I was gonna miss.” – 10:37 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on PJ Tucker’s Bam-like role:
“Bam is one of the most unique players in this league…But PJ has a lot of those qualities.”
@5ReasonsSports10:32 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic is carrying the Nuggets right now. He is single handily beating the Pelicans. It’s incredible. Reminds me of how Miami LeBron took games over when he was young. – 10:30 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on Caleb Martin:
“He’s our kinda guy.” – 10:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Neither Caleb Martin nor Garrison Mathews should be on a Two-Way. Both should be on standard contracts for at least the minimum. “At least” being the operative words there. – 10:27 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
garrison mathews getting “m-v-p” chants and caleb martin leading the shorthanded heat to a win over the reigning champs.
just another wednesday for this pair of two-way contracts. – 10:26 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#HEATWin final score – Miami 113, Milwaukee 104
🔥 Martin: 28pts (6 3s), 8rebs, 3asts & 2blks
🔥 Lowry: 22pts & 13asts
🔥 Strus: 16pts (4 3s)
🔥 Tucker: 15pts, 8asts, 7rebs & 2stls
🔥 Okpala: 10pts, 9rebs & 2blks pic.twitter.com/SWwHCbIgik10:26 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The Heat won a game that Tyler Herro didn’t score in the final 32 minutes of basketball – 10:25 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Season-high 27 points for Jrue!!
🎰: @paysbig pic.twitter.com/95ruF0F09z10:23 PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Bryn Forbes walked so Max Strus and Caleb Martin could run.
Bucks unable to overcome 3-point shooting barrage in Miami. Your thoughts as we get rolling on the postgame pod? pic.twitter.com/NHLGIMikxV10:23 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
THE CALEB MARTIN SHOW. #WINNING pic.twitter.com/sl1CsSb3zg10:22 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mike Muscala said that was his first game winner, but then he was reminded of the Heat game in the bubble.
I believe Thunder fans remember that one well. Perhaps not in a fond way. – 10:22 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Takeaways and details from the Heat’s win over the defending NBA champion Bucks without Adebayo and Butler miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Caleb Martin, P.J. Tucker, Kyle Lowry and so many others stepped up for the Heat – 10:20 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat end skid with emphatic effort in 113-104 victory over Bucks. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…10:16 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan, as expected, wasn’t in an excuse-making mood after shorthanded Bulls were routed by Cavs
“If we don’t compete at a higher level (vs. MIA) we’re gonna get the same result we got here tonight. We have to be better, and I think the group is capable of being better.” pic.twitter.com/dvTVVeguSM10:16 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Miami lands its new AD. And hearing continued optimism on Joe Brady/UM alliance: miamiherald.com/sports/college…10:09 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
A true #HEATCulture win 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V70FpshbME10:09 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Winderman’s view: Heat make a collective statement, plus other Heat-Bucks thoughts. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…10:09 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
FINAL: Heat 113, Bucks 104. – 10:08 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Caleb Martin with career high 28, Lowry 22 and 13 assists, Strus 16, Okpala 10 and 9 in this uplifting 113-104 Heat won against Bucks. Miami 15-11 – 10:07 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Milwaukee loses for the first time this season when its Big 3 plays — and loses when Miami is without both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Big win for the Heat, who have been struggling and are without Adebayo for another several weeks. – 10:07 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
That’s it from Miami. #Bucks fall to the #Heat pic.twitter.com/a0bgLLl5xe10:07 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
🚨New Piece🚨
Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over the Bucks
@5ReasonsSportsfivereasonssports.com/news/five-take…10:07 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
One of those nights. Undermanned Bulls lost to an improving Cavs team without Sexton. I appreciate your tweets and for listening. @Chicago Bulls @670TheScore @Audacy Up next at Miami. Sat. 6:45 CT Always a pleasure – 10:07 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
FINAL: Heat 113, Bucks 104 – 10:06 PM
Amin Elhassan @DarthAmin
Caleb Martin looking like another in a long line of Miami Heat diamonds in the rough – 10:05 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday forces the turnover. Middleton gives it away and Caleb Martin throws it down.
That will likely be it. Heat up, 109-101, with 44.2 left. – 10:03 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
KYLE LOWRY YES SIR – 10:02 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Told y’all it was gonna be a good one!
We lead 105-98 with 3:10 remaining. Tune in on Bally Sports Sun and ESPN📺 pic.twitter.com/lhU3HTqsTH9:58 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing at his knees after that last play. Looked like a Kyle Lowry leg hit him on the side of his right leg.
Tucker 3. Heat up 7, 105-98. – 9:58 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Looked like Giannis took a shot to the wallabies from Kyle Lowry. – 9:58 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The Heat has tied a franchise record with 22 made threes. – 9:57 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
PJ Tucker had to play the Bam role tonight
But more importantly, KZ Okpala has played the PJ role – 9:57 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
CHIKEZIE OKPALA FOR 3 – 9:57 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat with just five turnovers in the second half. An important improvement from the first half. – 9:56 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
I didn’t watch tonight’s Badgers game, but I’m guessing the Heat have attempted to take more charges than them tonight. – 9:55 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Very much a take-charge performance by PJ Tucker. – 9:53 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
PJ Tucker’s 2 best games this season have been this one and the early game against Brooklyn IMO
Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo were his matchups – 9:52 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat playing winning time with Martin, Strus and Okpala on the floor. – 9:50 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Max Strus played six first half half minutes and didn’t take a shot.
He now has 14 points and has made 4 of his 5 three-point attempts. #Heat up 99-94 on the #Bucks with 6:31 to go in this one. – 9:46 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The Miami Heat have done it again
Max Strus is here
He should never be out of the rotation when you’re missing Jimmy and Bam
Never – 9:44 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Competitors.
📸 @PicknSaveStores Photo of the Game pic.twitter.com/I7Drt8MzV89:44 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Max Strus is on fire, man. – 9:44 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
As @tropicalblanket and I were talking about at the game, Miami has basically gotten Jimmy production from Caleb Martin and Bam production from PJ Tucker tonight in some ways – 9:41 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
P.J. Tucker has 12 points, eight assists and three drawn charges. The #Heat lead the #Bucks 93-89. – 9:40 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat’s offense is dependent on ball movement and three-point shooting without Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
Miami has 29 assists on 35 made shots and is shooting 19 of 40 on threes tonight. – 9:40 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Max with 8 HUGE points in this quarter 👌 pic.twitter.com/8sbzltYYVV9:40 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks are in a battle now. Heat are feeling good from deep (19-of-40 from 3) and lead, 93-89, with 8:23 left.
This will be a good test for them. – 9:39 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis muscled his way to the basket!! pic.twitter.com/3PDE5AsSEI9:39 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo is now 4-for-11 from the floor and 7-for-12 from the free throw line for 15 points. #Heat lead the #Bucks 93-87. – 9:37 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Tucker has done an excellent job defending Giannis tonight but he just went a bit overboard with that flop…good no call. – 9:34 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And there’s a poster dunk for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Tucker tried to draw an offensive foul, which left the runway open for Antetokounmpo and he finished plus the foul on Okpala. – 9:33 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
WELL HELLO KYLE LOWRY
16 points in the third quarter, including back-to-back 3s at the end pic.twitter.com/98lnC9SziF9:32 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
End of third quarter: Heat 83, Bucks 77. Kyle Lowry with 16 points in the third quarter. He has 20 points and 11 assists tonight. – 9:26 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Kyle Lowry makes his #Heat check and P.J. Tucker makes an open corner three and Miami goes into the fourth quarter up 83-77 on the #Bucks9:26 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
THAT’S HOW YOU END A QUARTER – 9:25 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 83, Bucks 77 going into fourth. Lowry with 20 points, 12 assists. Martin with 24 points. – 9:25 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Oh there’s Kyle Lowry – 9:25 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry not shy with the shots tonight, up to 17. – 9:24 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Kyle’s just too quick 💨 pic.twitter.com/jNEsrwy6qF9:24 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Cavs 115, Bulls 92
LaVine: 23 pts, 9 ast
Vucevic: 18 pts, 12 reb, 8-23 FG
Ball: 19 pts, 7 ast
Bulls fall to 17-9. Next up: At Miami on Saturday – 9:21 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Second time P.J. Tucker drew a charge on Giannis Antetokounmpo. But, Jrue Holiday gets the bucket right back. #Bucks#Heat tied up at 74, 2:08 to go in the third quarter. – 9:21 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Cavs 115, Bulls 92.
Just not a good night for the Bulls, who are down six players but also didn’t bring nearly enough energy. It’d be easy to say flush this one and move on. But this is the reality.
Same circumstances Saturday at Miami.
Bulls fall to 17-9. – 9:21 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
P.J. Tucker looking like Jae Crowder out there on Giannis. – 9:20 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
PJ Tucker is blowing in Giannis’s ear tonight – 9:20 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
KZ Okpala has done a lot of good things tonight. Erik Spoelstra sticking with him in this one. – 9:17 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Is this the first Jrue Holiday offensive takeover of the season? Feels like it. Just a really fun player to watch when he decides he’s just going to bully the opposition into spots he wants to operate in. – 9:17 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The Heat are playing physical with Jrue Holiday, which is probably not advisable as Holiday has always preferred that (at least since he’s been in Milwaukee).
Bully ball from Holiday and he is up to 20 points on the night. Bucks up, 72-69, with 3:36 left in the third quarter. – 9:17 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Back door left open and we’re all tied up pic.twitter.com/NIz6haLJJe9:16 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Heat finally worked that late first half 11-point deficit all the way down and took a brief 69-68 lead as they’ve gotten some offense from guys other than Caleb Martin. Milwaukee, meanwhile, is leaning hard on Jrue Holiday (20 points). #Bucks up 72-69. – 9:15 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
This has been one of KZ Okpala’s best performances, especially considering the level of competition. – 9:13 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
THIS is how you set a new career-high 😤 pic.twitter.com/jAbc3WD9wu9:09 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Heat not going away tonight and Caleb Martin has been a big part of why the Bucks can’t shake them. He already has a career-high 24 points.
Bucks lead, 61-59, with 7:02 left in the third quarter though. – 9:09 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue with the no-look pass as Giannis finishes the bucket!! pic.twitter.com/1gQ4aC83pT9:09 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday have 29 points thus far. Caleb Martin has 24.
#Bucks lead 61-59 with 7:02 to go in the third quarter. – 9:08 PM
Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick
Caleb Martin has 24 of the Heat’s 54 points. Which is incredible for a 2-way contract. Also means the higher paid guys need to do more.
@5ReasonsSports9:07 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Caleb Martin thriving on day All-Star balloting is announced. Coincidence? – 9:05 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin has a new career-high with 24 points. – 9:05 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Caleb Martin is a full time rotational player on this team
Once the contract changes – 9:05 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
And Caleb Martin (22 points) is whistled for his third foul with 9:28 to go in the third quarter. He’s really all the offense they’ve had thus far. – 9:04 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
They haven’t all gotten paid off, but Jrue Holiday has made a couple really nice passes here in the first few minutes of the second half. – 9:03 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Make that a new career-high with 6 threes 🤫 pic.twitter.com/HLUrpOYt0w9:00 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Caleb Martin had 20 of the #Heat 47 points, and has made 6 of his 8 three-pointers. – 9:00 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin with a career-high six made threes. The second half just started. – 8:59 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Caleb has been on since the whistle blew 💪
At the break: 17 points, 5 threes (ties career-high), 2 blocks pic.twitter.com/jFgAyNwxbS8:58 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
While it’s not quite Lowry drawing a charge on Zion or Boogie, Chris Boucher stepping in front of fellow Montrealer Lu Dort at full speed takes some stones. – 8:57 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
I’d sniff this quarter for about five minutes, see where it’s at and then maybe sit the big boys for a more winnable game in Miami. Gotham feels unsafe tonight without the real Batman out there for the Bulls. – 8:53 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat and Bucks both not shooting very well from deep tonight (except for Caleb Martin, of course!). Heat’s defense looks better.
Swing stat of the first half: 15 Miami turnovers that have led to 19 Milwaukee points. – 8:49 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Extended the lead heading into the half. pic.twitter.com/HH7nvnuIws8:47 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 51, Heat 44
– Holiday 11pts/4reb
– Portis 10pts/4reb
– Antetokounmpo 9pts/2reb
Advanced Stats:
OffRtg: 98.0
DefRtg: 88.0
Net Rtg: +10.0
ORB%: 32.3%
DRB%: 85.0% – 8:47 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat has committed 15 first-half turnovers in two straight games. The last time the Heat finished a first half with more than 15 turnovers was when it committed 16 turnovers in the first half of a Jan. 20, 2016 game. – 8:46 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Caleb Martin + KZ Okpala = 6 for 7 from 3-point range
Everyone else = 2 for 14 from 3-point range
Despite some good things, the Heat (w/o Jimmy and Bam) trail the Bucks 51-44 at halftime. – 8:45 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Halftime: Bucks 51, Heat 44. Caleb Martin with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting on threes. Bucks shooting 36.2 percent from the field, but have taken 10 more shots and 11 more free throws than the Heat with the help of 15 Miami turnovers. – 8:44 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks go into the half leading 51-44. – 8:43 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Defense better, but offense still lacking. Heat trail Bucks 51-44 at half. Martin with 17 points. – 8:43 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 51, Heat 44 – 8:43 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin has tied his career high with five made threes. He did it in the first half … – 8:43 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Thing probably didn’t expect to be tweeting: Where would the Heat be without Caleb Martin? He’s 5 of 6 on 3s, rest of Heat 2 of 14. – 8:42 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first field goal –> blocked shot –> assist on a Pat Connaughton three –> free throws and, hello, #Bucks now up double digits with 89 seconds left in the first half. – 8:41 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bobby the anti-hero!! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/XSeg7M7mCP8:41 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
CALEB IS EVERYWHERE TONIGHT pic.twitter.com/QzTPDqOqqS8:37 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Yes, Caleb Martin is shooting 31% from 3 on the season, but he came into tonight making 43.8% from deep (7 fo 16) in his last six games. He’s 4 for 5 in 13 minutes tonight. – 8:36 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Caleb Martin is like if the Heat acquired their own #RSHK8:34 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin doing it all tonight with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting on threes, three rebounds and two blocks. He entered shooting 31.1 percent from deep this season. – 8:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Khris Middleton’s first basket came at the 5:12 mark of the first half. #Heat lead 38-37. – 8:33 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Caleb Martin 3
Shushes in the direction of Bobby Portis – 8:32 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Two nights after committing a season-high 23 turnovers, the Heat already has 11 turnovers with six minutes left in the first half. – 8:32 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Caleb Martin and Bobby Portis were really getting into it a minute ago on the ground
Shortly after, Martin responds with a monster block
He was not happy with the words from Portis – 8:31 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Didn’t know we were hosting a block party tonight but here we are – 8:31 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat up to 11 turnovers. Simply do not have that margin for error with Butler and Adebayo out. – 8:30 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat come out of timeout with Dedmon on sideline
They see Cousins in the game, and immediately signal for him to enter – 8:29 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
KZ just sent this shot to *insert far away place here* pic.twitter.com/7QNvczweA38:27 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat playing with a lot more energy than they’ve shown over the last week, getting back to the things that make them good: Crisp passing, pressuring the rim, strong defense. – 8:27 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat continues to keep the Bucks away from the rim. Milwaukee with just three shots at the rim and 3 of 16 on threes.
Heat ahead 32-30. – 8:27 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Tyler’s offense ☑
Tyler’s defense ☑ pic.twitter.com/F8UanNUyZn8:26 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Heat get a couple of uncontested chances at the rim and the #Bucks call timeout. Miami has 16 points in the paint thus far. – 8:25 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks give up a bucket to a Heat player in the dunker spot on consecutive possessions and Mike Budenholzer wants a timeout.
Heat up, 32-30, with 8:18 left in the first half. – 8:25 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat offense finding the weak spot of Milwaukee’s defense
Quick pick and roll, they double out, pocket pass, and a 4 on 3 from there
Dunker spot has been the avenue for the insertion pass for back to back buckets – 8:25 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
On back-to-back possessions, Okpala stonewalls Giannis then blocks Grayson Allen. Follows that up by fouling Giannis, then PJ Tucker pulls him aside to give him some notes. Growth. – 8:21 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Really good defensive possession by KZ Okpala to force Giannis to give it up. Then Herro with the block. Two guys you don’t nec. expect to make huge defensive impacts. – 8:20 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
We’ve got the lead after 1. pic.twitter.com/cxKCLl9WBN8:15 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 26-24. Jrue Holiday with 6 points and Javonte Smart has 5. – 8:15 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
This is gonna be a good one 🍿 pic.twitter.com/qo7ZxpFxFb8:14 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks scored eight of their points off #Heat turnovers – helped mitigate a 52% shooting start from Miami and just 34% from Milwaukee. – 8:14 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Never underestimate a players ability to dispute a foul call where they nearly rip someone’s arm out of their socket. The heat of the moment removes all ability to remember we will all see a replay of the clear foul in about two seconds. – 8:14 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo gets his first two points of the game with seven-tenths of a second left and the #Bucks lead the #Heat 26-24 after one. They trailed by seven for awhile early on. – 8:13 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
End of first quarter: Bucks 26, Heat 24. Turnovers continue to hurt the Heat. Bucks with 11 points off eight Heat turnovers. – 8:13 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Tyler Herro’s usage has felt extremely low to start this one
But the pull-up 3 and some quick reads have given them enough
And only down 2 at the end of the first
That’s the formula – 8:12 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
A better start for Heat than recent games, but down 26-24 going into second. But that’s also with Giannis with two points to this stage. – 8:12 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Jeff Van Gundy on the Heat’s Okpala: “Is KZ short for something is that just his name.”
Mike Breen: “You didn’t do research on that, either?”
If anyone ever asks you, Okpala’s given name is Chikezie Jake Okpala but he prefers to go by KZ – 8:12 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
KZ Okpala and P.J. Tucker now playing as the Heat’s two bigs. – 8:09 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
With 1:44 left in the opening period, every available Heat player other than Udonis Haslem has seen action. – 8:09 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
And now KZ Okpala. – 8:08 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry not happy at the moment with Omer Yurtseven’s (lack of) hands. – 8:05 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Javonte Smart enters the game and nearly immediately makes an impact with a 3 from the left wing.
Heat up, 19-17, with 3:17 left in the first quarter though. – 8:02 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Been watching Omer Yurtseven closely defensively
That one possession where he dropped deep, recovered on the kick-out and made it to the corner, leading to a Herro steal
He just needs consistency on that end from possession to possession – 8:02 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Heat have turned it over a few times in the last several minutes, and the #Bucks have closed to 19-17. – 8:00 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Gabe Vincent entering next. – 8:00 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Omer Yurtseven enters as the Heat’s first big tonight. – 7:57 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Herro back in his spot as sixth man, as Tucker goes to bench. – 7:56 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Caleb looking preeeetty comfortable on the floor pic.twitter.com/IOVOUWyL6X7:56 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Pat Connaughton in for Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the timeout. – 7:55 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
How about a 7-0 lead to start? pic.twitter.com/IqIXN7u3z87:53 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue feeds Khris to get us started!! pic.twitter.com/SMAq30qGcK7:53 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
A bit of surprise came from the crowd as Duncan hits the 3
PJ Tucker with some mid post touches is interesting to start
They’ve missed that without Bam and Jimmy – 7:53 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
A Duncan Robinson 3 over Giannis Antetokounmpo gives the Heat a 14-7 lead with 7:19 left in the first quarter.
Ugly start offensively for the Bucks. They’re 2-of-9 from the field and they’ve already turned it over 3 times. – 7:52 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat defense keeping the Bucks out of the paint, so far. 7 of Milwaukee’s first 9 shots have been threes.
Heat ahead 14-7. – 7:52 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
A 14-7 start for the #Heat after going up 7-0 early. #Bucks are 2-for-9 from the field. – 7:52 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
P.J. Tucker has already matched his shooting line (1-for-3) that he had all of last game between these two teams in Milwaukee. – 7:50 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Took the Bucks 3 minutes to score. They’re down, 7-2, but Jrue Holiday finally gets them on the board. – 7:49 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks have opened the game 0-for-6 with two turnovers. – 7:48 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat getting pretty good looks to start the game, but 0 of 4 from three. – 7:47 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tonight’s game is the 173rd consecutive regular-season appearance for Duncan Robinson, the second-longest streak in the franchise’s 34 seasons. The record is 174 by Glen Rice, from 1992 to ’94. – 7:46 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
It’s time for Bucks Basketball!! pic.twitter.com/dEZwwPhjrs7:39 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
From earlier: Omer Yurtseven explains why he hasn’t had a day off in weeks miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…7:30 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Big game on the national stage. pic.twitter.com/YeWwhDmQ7S7:30 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Billy Donovan was asked about Stanley Johnson being the hardship exemption player and couldn’t say much. According to Beth PR, the hardship player wasn’t in the building tonight. To be continued in Miami …. – 7:24 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue feeling good.
🎥: @SociosHoops pic.twitter.com/uCp1Q9wABK7:22 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Before tonight’s game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told us George Hill (right knee hyperextenson) will be out again tonight.
This will be the third straight game he has missed. – 7:21 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Tonight’s starters in Miami: pic.twitter.com/DtPWiwYw0C7:13 PM

Michael Beasley @Michael8easley
COVID brought New York traffic to Miami – 7:12 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Interesting twist for the Heat with Caleb Martin starting in place of sidelined Jimmy Butler. That allows Tyler Herro to offer instant offense off the bench. The question is whether there is enough early pop with starting lineup of Martin, Dedmon, Tucker, Robinson, Lowry. – 7:08 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I mentioned the idea on @5OTF_ the other night with @Ethan J. Skolnick that Caleb Martin starting would make sense for a Khris Middleton defender
Didn’t think they’d actually do it though – 7:04 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin starting in Jimmy Butler’s place tonight instead of Tyler Herro, who remains in his sixth man role. – 7:03 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Markieff Morris getting some shots up pregame
@5ReasonsSports pic.twitter.com/DUIujHLaWu7:01 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Here’s Alex Caruso getting some shots up before Bulls-Cavs. Billy Donovan said Caruso is “doing well” and team plans to ramp up his sprinting/cutting over next two days. Had been a Monday re-eval date, but Donovan added he’d know about Caruso’s avail vs. MIA “closer to game” pic.twitter.com/f9OJn5xgQY6:56 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Markieff Morris again working pre-game on the main court and FTX Arena. pic.twitter.com/rZ06myeYAS6:55 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
It took him a little longer to ascend, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is 675 games into his NBA career (regular season and playoffs) and has been brushing shoulders with, yes, Michael Jordan and LeBron James for a while now in our Rolling Player Ratings. pic.twitter.com/2Ka7rF8kMr6:49 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Khris extended his season-long 20-point scoring streak to four games on Monday.
🎥: @SociosHoops pic.twitter.com/hkMWe63XJK6:35 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
ICYMI: The Bucks beat the Heat 124-102 last Saturday night.
🔄 @BetwayUSA Game Rewind pic.twitter.com/GREC9nQbJb6:23 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Supreme 🔥
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/dxrFIfTwdE6:10 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
2 of our guys took home some well deserved hardware last night at the @SInow Awards 👀 see which honors @Udonis Haslem and @Tyler Herro were presented with – https://t.co/loqkdlyXb5
📸 SI Awards/Medium Rare pic.twitter.com/R9XEDxSjdJ6:10 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW from @smillerdegnan, @kaufsports and me: Miami just got its new, high-profile AD from Clemson to join Mario Cristobal. What the Canes are getting: miamiherald.com/sports/college…6:09 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Spoelstra’s takeaway after a day of film: “Getting to what we have done really well and do that more consistently. That’s what we focused on the last 24 hours. So it looks a little bit different without Bam and Jimmy and [Markieff] but we can get to our strengths more often.” pic.twitter.com/muPoTURl095:53 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Caleb Martin will warm up with the hope of playing tonight vs. Bucks. – 5:49 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra says Caleb Martin (knee) will warm up with the intention to play. – 5:48 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Tropical vibes. 🌴
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/jxuhcY0mb55:44 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan, via Zoom from Cleveland, said the Bulls have been granted a hardship case for a roster spot from the league. Reported earlier via source: Stanley Johnson will meet team in Miami. – 5:34 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan says Caruso (hamstring) is feeling good, will ramp up activity. Possible but still questionable for Miami. #Bulls5:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Just realized Dec. 3 was my 1-year anniversary on the Milwaukee #Bucks beat for the @journalsentinel.
I wanted to thank #Bucks & #NBA fans for following, subscribing (https://t.co/boFcwwT8VP) & reading along (& all my #NFL followers for hanging with me for the entertainment). pic.twitter.com/9VmV3khOle5:28 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Welcome to Miami!! 😎
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/Y9xeWpPNEp5:27 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
It’s all in the preparation. 21.4ppg starts right here. #6MOTYLER
@Miami Heat // @therabody pic.twitter.com/LlepbOMoHq5:13 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier: Glen Rice glad to pass spot in Heat record book to Duncan Robinson (he didn’t even know he had it). sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:11 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier: ASK IRA: Does the Heat shorthanded rotation need to be reshuffled? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:10 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
How is Heat rookie Omer Yurtseven preparing for his opportunity? ‘A lot of extra work’ miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Yurtseven on what that extra work has included and where he feels like he has grown the most in the past few months – 4:58 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Cream City vs. Vice City: Round 3🥊
🎰: @paysbig pic.twitter.com/WvXhavTq5O4:49 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Getting shots up in Miami. pic.twitter.com/B6tynI9fFJ4:06 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#MiamiMashup returns tonight for our 3rd matchup of the season with the Bucks 👀
See which Mashup item is only $15 right now at @MiamiHEATstore and where you can watch the nationally televised game gohe.at/3GqYKyB3:02 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
“People haven’t seen me for 4 years. I barely played in Utah. Then I was in Memphis and they only get, like, one national TV game a year.”
Wrote about Grayson Allen—yes, THAT Grayson Allen—being an important part of the defending-champion Bucks
foxsports.com/stories/nba/gr…3:00 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s dwindling roster could become a problem for the ages. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Erik Spoelstra confident Tucker, Lowry are up to the minutes. Also: Herro, Haslem cited; All-Star voting announced. – 2:46 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Kha$h Money #WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/gUp8993cZi2:29 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
That #MiamiMashup logo is just 😍 pic.twitter.com/DpACbvV8Vt2:08 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
How does Grayson Allen prepare for playing alongside Giannis? Bucks assistant coach Charles sometimes holds up a broom so that Allen can get a feel for how to read the floor over a player that size.
More on Allen and the Bucks in here: foxsports.com/stories/nba/gr…2:00 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: How is Heat rookie Omer Yurtseven preparing for his opportunity? ‘A lot of extra work’ miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Yurtseven on what that extra work has included and where he feels like he has grown the most in the past few months – 1:56 PM





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