Heat Check: Slow night offensively leaves Miami with another loss
MIAMI -- Without Dwyane Wade for a second consecutive game, the Miami Heat suffered through another poor shooting night in a 91-84 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night for their third straight loss.
The Heat were also without Josh McRoberts (blister), Justin Hamilton (strained left adductor) and Danny Granger (strained left hamstring), who dressed for Sunday's game but has yet to play this season.
Nevertheless, the Heat should have had enough firepower to defeat a Bucks team coming off a 16-point loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday. But with Chris Bosh (10 points, five rebounds, five assists) unable to lead his team offensively and Luol Deng (10 points, six rebounds) again struggling to score from the outside, Miami watched their slim lead at the half disappear in the third quarter while Milwaukee enjoyed strong second-half performances from Brandon Knight, Zaza Pachulia and Khris Middleton. The Bucks had lost five straight games to the Heat before tonight.
Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 18 points and five assists but none of his teammates provided enough support to keep pace with the Bucks. Rookies James Ennis and Shabazz Napier -- who matched his season high of eight points in his first four minutes of action -- provided a nice spark off the bench in the first half, but it wasn't enough for a team that shot 41.1 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range to go with nine missed free throws.
THE TURNING POINT
A 12-3 run by the Bucks to open the second half led the way for the visiting team to outscore Miami 26-13 in the third quarter.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Milwaukee's Knight answered a late Heat run in the fourth quarter with three 3-pointers in a row to put the game away.
STAT OF THE GAME
Bosh and Deng combined to shoot 5 for 29 for the night.
The Heat visit the Nets on Monday at 7:30 p.m.