Bucks Hold Off Struggling Heat, 91-84
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MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Knight made three 3-pointers down the stretch and scored 20 points, Jabari Parker scored 13 and the Milwaukee Bucks downed the slumping Miami Heat 91-84 on Sunday night.
Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia each scored 11 for the Bucks (5-5), who started 5-21 last season.
Milwaukee beat Miami for the first time in the teams' last 10 meetings, including playoffs.
Mario Chalmers scored 18 for Miami, which was again without Dwyane Wade and lost its third straight. Shawne Williams had 13 points for the Heat, who got 11 from Norris Cole and 10 apiece from Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Shabazz Napier.
Bosh shot 2 for 17 from the field, dropping him to 12 for 49 in his last three games.
The Heat also struggled again from the foul line, shooting 13 for 22. They went 8 for 18 in their previous home game, a loss to Indiana last week.
Miami led by 12 in the first half and went up 49-41 early in the third on a 3-pointer by Chalmers, who was in the starting lineup because Wade missed his second straight game with a bad hamstring.
The game soon changed.
Milwaukee outscored Miami 35-16 over the next 14 minutes, holding the Heat to 5-for-20 shooting over that span — including a 1-for-12 drought to open that stretch — and going up 76-65 on Pachulia's jumper with 8:40 remaining.
The Heat chipped away, closing to 78-74 on Williams' third 3-pointer of the night with 3:41 left. But Miami couldn't get a stop on the ensuing trip, and after Bosh blocked Antetokounmpo's shot near the rim, Milwaukee controlled the rebound and got the ball to Knight.
Knight made a 3, the lead was back to seven and he punched the air in celebration.
Bucks: Coach Jason Kidd is now 5-0 against Miami in regular-season games. His Brooklyn team swept four meetings with the Heat last season, and then lost a playoff series to Miami in five games. ... The Bucks are experimenting with Parker at both forward spots, seeing which he prefers and what suits him best. ... Antetokounmpo made his first start of the season. He started 23 of his 77 appearances with Milwaukee a year ago.
Heat: Wade will accompany the team on its trip to Brooklyn and is day to day. Wade has been doing "corrective exercises," something that recently hired Heat assistant athletic trainer Wes Brown emphasized when he worked with players at the University of Miami. ... Monday's game at Brooklyn completes Miami's fourth back-to-back in a span of just over two weeks.
Bucks: Host New York on Tuesday.
Heat: Visit Brooklyn on Monday.
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