Four games in six nights are no twelve days of Christmas.
However, wins work just as well. The Miami Heat won their season best fifth straight game with an 88-78 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and had a career high 14 rebounds, as the Heat held off a late charge by the home team to start the road trip.
Miami jumped out to an early 12-4 lead as the Bucks made only four of their first 15 shots. However, when the score was 18-10 with 2:45 left in the first quarter, LeBron James went to the bench with his second foul, as the Bucks went on an 11-7 run to cut to deficit to four at the end of the first.
The run continued for Milwaukee in the second quarter, as they tied Miami at 25, but a nine and a half minute drought doomed them, as the Heat went on an 17-2 run to take a commanding 42-27 lead.
At the half, the Bucks were held to 36 percent shooting, and it did not get any better. Despite runs of 12-7 and 10-0 in the second half, Milwaukee finished at 35 percent. Once again, the Heat closed the deal; only up 74-71 with six minutes to play, the Heat responded with a 10-3 run to extend the lead to double digits.
Carlos Arroyo finished with 18 points on 6 for 6 shooting, as the Heat’s starting five combined for 76 points. James added 17 points while Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Corey Maggette scored a team high 20 points for the Bucks.
The Heat plays the second night of a back to back in Utah on Wednesday, as they look to stop point guard Deron Williams.
GAME NOTES: The Heat committed 18 turnovers, while they only average under 13 a game, which is the lowest in the NBA…James Jones has 47 triples this season, which is fourth best in the NBA…Former NBA player Latrell Sprewell, who helped the New York Knicks knock off the Heat in Game 3 of the 1999 playoffs, sat courtside…