Week In Review: Milwaukee Bucks Falter In Toughest Week of Season

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Dec 5, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) greets Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) before the start of the game at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, Dec. 6: Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks

This was the second meeting between the two clubs this season; Milwaukee winning the first matchup 91-84 at Miami.

While the Heat didn’t have Dwayne Wade for their first meeting, the outcome was the same.  Behind another big bench performance, Milwaukee defeated Miami 109-85.

The rout of the Heat started during the second quarter.  The last three quarter,s Milwaukee outscored the Heat 84-55.

The story of this game was once again, the bench.  The player you normally expect to lead Milwaukee in scoring dropped 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting Friday night.  That’s right, Kendall Marshall scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting Friday night.

This was the second game in a row that saw at least four players on the Milwaukee bench play at least 20 minutes.  Jerryd Bayless led the entire team with 29 minutes due to some foul trouble Brandon Knight had throughout the night.

The bench outscored Miami’s bench 60-18 and out rebounded the heat 45-20.

Don’t forget that John Henson is still out with a foot sprain, and now with Ersan hurt, Kidd has leaned even more so on his bench (if that’s even possible).

When it came to Milwaukee’s defense, it wasn’t hard to figure out their gameplan; stop Bosh and Wade.  While that is easier said than done, Miami makes it pretty obvious what they want to do.  Bosh and Wade combined for 41 of Miami’s 68 shots Friday night.  That’s right, two players took 60 percent of the team’s shots.

This was a nice win for Milwaukee, coming off of back to back winnable losses against stars like Wade and Bosh.

The win put Milwaukee at 11-10.  Their next game came Sunday evening in Dallas.

Next: Rematch With Mavericks