NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 14th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (3-1) at Miami Heat (4-2), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks shoot for their fourth consecutive victory this evening, when they battle Shaquille O'Neal and the suddenly struggling Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Since a season-opening 93-92 loss to Orlando, the Bucks have ripped off three consecutive wins, including a 94-91 win over winless New Orleans on Saturday. Michael Redd scored a game-high 30 points and his jumper with 1:10 remaining gave Milwaukee the lead for good.
Redd has been terrific in four games for the Bucks, registering 25.8 points per contest while draining 53 percent of his three-pointers.
Keith Van Horn added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Bucks, while Joe Smith contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Desmond Mason added 17 points off the bench for Milwaukee.
The Bucks were 17-of-21 from the foul line, while the Hornets shot just three from the charity stripe.
Bucks forward Zaza Pachulia missed his second straight game because of a sore right foot. It is unknown if Pachulia will be available for today's game.
This is just Milwaukee's second road tilt of the year, as it opened the season in Orlando.
Miami will likely be missing star guard Dwayne Wade tonight, as he is hampered with a sprained left ankle. Wade missed his first game Friday night, as the Heat fell 93-84 to San Antonio.
O'Neal had 23 points and 21 rebounds for Miami in the loss, while Udonis Haslem and Rasual Butler each added 11 points. Malik Allen and Keyon Dooling each chipped in with 10 for the Heat, which lost their second straight game on the heels of a 4-0 start.
Miami began the fourth quarter with a 16-5 spurt to pull within 77-76 with 4:40 remaining, but it never got over the hump. The Spurs responded with eight straight points and essentially took control of the game.
The Heat have agreed to terms with free agent forward Shandon Anderson in an attempt to bolster their frontline. Anderson, known for his defense, was waived by the New York Knicks early this week.
Miami is 2-1 at home this season.
Milwaukee won two of three meetings between these squads last season, including both home tilts. The Heat have won four of their last six home contests against the Bucks.
11/14 10:06:41 ET