Road Reaction: Bucks 109, Heat 102
It has been next man up for the Milwaukee Bucks all season long.
With Kendall Marshall out for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Jerryd Bayless became an even more important member of Milwaukee’s high-scoring bench unit.
Bayless carried the Bucks offensively in the fourth quarter Tuesday, helping Milwaukee to a 109-102 victory over the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
1 big moment: After Chris Bosh cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95-91, Jerryd Bayless scored seven straight points to give the Bucks a 102-91 advantage with 3:32 to play. Miami wouldn’t get within seven points the rest of the way.
2 top performers: Bayless scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bucks pull away from the Heat. The reserve guard hit his first four field goals and finished 5 for 7 from the field with four rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes.
With Dwyane Wade out for most of the second half, Mario Chalmers scored 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter to help Miami build a nine-point lead. Chalmers also added eight assists to just one turnover.
3 key stats: The Bucks have won the season series over the Heat for the first time since the 2011-12 season. By winning the first three games of the season series, Milwaukee has clinched the tiebreaker over Miami. The Heat are currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the Bucks.
Seven Bucks finished in double figures Tuesday — Khris Middleton (17 points), Brandon Knight (17), Bayless (15), O.J. Mayo (14), Giannis Antetokounmpo (13), John Henson (12) and Jared Dudley (11).
Milwaukee’s bench outscored Miami’s reserves, 54-13. Only Norris Cole scored more than two points off the bench for the Heat.
Said: "I was just trying to make something happen. It wasn’t necessarily looking to score, it was just the shots that were there. I was just trying to take advantage of the shots that were there." — Bayless
"It has always been the next guy up. Everybody is getting playing time and taking full advantage of it. The nice thing about Bayless is that all the shots were great looks and under control. The easiest one was probably the one he missed." — Bucks coach Jason Kidd
Seen: Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova left Tuesday’s game in the first quarter with a sore right groin and did not return. In just his sixth game back after missing 19 of 20 with a fractured nose and then a concussion, Ilyasova scored four points in 10 minutes.
"His groin started bothering him," Kidd said of Ilyasova. "It tightened up. We’ll get it evaluated tomorrow."
Already without Luol Deng (sore calf) and Chris Anderson (elbow, back), the Heat lost Wade to a right hamstring strain during the third quarter.
Next: The Bucks continue their three-game road trip Thursday against the Magic at Amway Center. Milwaukee has lost 17 straight in Orlando dating back to Dec. 29, 2004.
Orlando will enter at 15-33 after a 103-94 loss to Memphis on Monday.
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