LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Miami Heat rebounded from an embarrassing 47-point loss to Milwaukee with a 119-108 National Basketball Association (NBA) victory over the Bucks on Wednesday (Dec 30).
The Heat did not have to wait long for revenge as they hosted the Bucks for the second straight night.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to lead Miami with 26 points, Bam Adebayo added 22 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists and Tyler Herro scored 21 points with a career-best 15 rebounds as the Heat rallied to stave off another home defeat.
The Bucks had dominated on Tuesday with an NBA-record 29 three-pointers in their 144-97 triumph.
The Bucks, fueled by a triple-double of 26 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists from two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, looked like making it two wins in a row when they led by 14 in the third quarter.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 15 points and Jrue Holiday added 13 for the Bucks, but the Heat rallied despite missing Jimmy Butler for the second straight game.
Herro’s three-pointer to end the third quarter pulled Miami within three points.
Dragic tied it with another three-pointer and Miami seized the lead for good when they went ahead 96-93 on Kelly Olynyk’s three-pointer with 9min 4secs remaining.
“You want to constantly develop some grit and toughness during the course of a long season, and our guys responded in an appropriate fashion,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Before the game, Spoelstra said there was “a lot of anger and frustration” within the Heat.
“As well there should have been,” he said. “And then today was just about getting to work and preparing and doing what we need to do to have a better version.”