NBA Game Summary - Miami at Milwaukee
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 105, Miami 100
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Bobby Simmons scored 23 points, including a rim-shattering slam over Alonzo Mourning to put a stamp on a fourth-quarter comeback, as the Milwaukee Bucks took advantage of the absent Shaquille O'Neal and defeated the Miami Heat, 105-100, in the home opener at the Bradley Center.
Sharpshooter Michael Redd also scored 23 points on 8-of-14 from the floor and T.J. Ford added 13 points while distributing 11 assists for the Bucks, who won their first two games on the road and are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001-02.
Maurice Williams scored 16 points and Jamaal Magloire chipped in 14 for Milwaukee, which shot 49 percent from the floor and made 78 percent of its free throws.
Dwyane Wade led six Miami players in double figures with 21 points, and he also dished out nine assists and grabbed seven boards.
Jason Williams added 18 points and Antoine Walker chipped in 15 points for the Heat, who have lost two straight and are without O'Neal for the next two to four weeks with an ankle injury.
Without O'Neal, the Bucks won the offensive battle in the paint, 50-40, and held their own on the glass, ending the night even on the boards, 36-36.
It looked like the Heat were in cruise control early in the fourth quarter after a Jason Kapono jumper put Miami ahead 84-75 with 9:27 left.
The Heat led 87-79, when Simmons made two consecutive strong post moves to cut the lead to four.
Magloire then entered the game for Toni Kukoc and paid immediate dividends. He missed a baby hook from the paint, but got his own rebound and went up strong for a lay-in to cut the lead to 87-85 with 5:35 left.
Wade, attempting to carry the injury-riddled Heat on his shoulders, hit an 18- foot jumper with two hands flying in his face, then unselfishly passed up a good look and hit Gary Payton in the corner for a three-pointer and a 92-89 lead with 4:09 remaining.
Down 92-90 with under three minutes left, Simmons took over. He hit a mid- range jumper to tie the game with 2:30 remaining, then made a pair of free throws to give the Bucks their first lead of the fourth quarter, 94-92, with 1:47 left to play.
After a Mourning free throw, Simmons took a bounce pass as he cut into the center of the lane and in one motion squared his shoulders and slammed it with his right hand over the outstretched arm of Mourning.
Not only did the dunk give Milwaukee a five-point lead that it would not relinquish, it brought the 18,000 plus at the Bradley Center to its feet.
Trying everything he could to will his team to victory, Wade drew two fouls in the final minute, but failed to convert on three of his four free throw attempts.
The Bucks did make their free throws down the stretch, going 7-of-8 in the final 30 seconds, to seal the victory.
Milwaukee lead 26-23 after one, thanks to a 4-of-4 start from behind the arc. However, the Bucks offense became stagnant without a post presence or any dribble penetration, and the Heat took advantage.
The Heat used a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter to grab a 45-39 lead. Mourning, Payton, Wade and Udonis Haslem all contributed to the surge.
Wade scored 11 of his 21 in the first half, as the Heat led 52-49 at the break.
Milwaukee is on a three-game homestand where it will also play Golden State and Indiana...The Heat are now 5-1 in their last six versus the Bucks...The Heat were also without forward Shandon Anderson because of back problems and forward James Posey because of a thumb injury...The Heat had won 17 of their last 24 in Milwaukee before Saturday's defeat.
11/06 00:44:00 ET