NBA Game Summary - Miami at Milwaukee
(Friday, March 26th)
Final Score: Miami 87, Milwaukee 74
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade posted 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Miami to a resounding 87-74 decision over Milwaukee in a battle of playoff-hopeful teams at Bradley Center.
The Bucks came into the contest two games ahead of the Heat for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but a 31.5-percent shooting effort gave the hosts their second straight loss following a 15-2 stretch.
Already without frontcourt stalwarts Andrew Bogut (back) and Ersan Ilyasova (illness), Milwaukee lost Carlos Delfino late in the second quarter after the forward was taken off on a stretcher.
Miami's Udonis Haslem, going after a rebound, inadvertently stepped on the neck a sprawled-out Delfino, who was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation. It was reported Delfino has full use of his extremities.
"Obviously we're concerned about Carlos (Delfino)," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "We'll just keep our fingers crossed and hope he's okay. If there is something wrong, (we hope) it's very minor and he can be well."
Dorell Wright had 14 points off the bench and Haslem added 10 points and 18 boards for Miami, which made up for a 2-for-14 showing from three-point range by making 25-of-28 foul shots for its fourth straight victory.
John Salmons had a team-high 23 points, while the rest of Milwaukee's starters shot 5-of-29 from the floor in defeat.
Miami's 12-4 run to end the first quarter provided the visitors with a 28-20 lead. The Heat continued to play front-runner and led by double digits for most of the second. Milwaukee made 5-of-19 from the field in the frame and trailed 48-35 at halftime.
Wade's dunk and three-pointer on consecutive possessions early in the third pushed the margin to 57-37, and the Heat's 69-55 cushion heading to the fourth was never seriously threatened.
"Them being without Bogut cetrainly had an impact on the game," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We just took care of business."
Heat center Jermaine O'Neal left the game in the first quarter after hyperextending his right knee and did not return...The Bucks were aiming for their first season sweep of Miami since the 1990-91 season...Carlos Arroyo chipped in nine points, six rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who won the battle on the glass, 46-36...Luke Ridnour and Charlie Bell scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Milwaukee.
03/27 01:46:03 ET