MILWAUKEE (AP) – One thing received into Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday night time, and there wasn’t a lot the Milwaukee Bucks may do about it.
Whiteside had a season-high 27 factors together with 13 rebounds and 6 blocks to steer the Miami Warmth over the Bucks 106-101.
Whiteside, averaging 13.eight factors coming in, shot 10 for 12 and received his 600th profession block within the third quarter. He additionally compelled a vital leap ball late within the fourth.
“He was a monster tonight,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “You possibly can see it from his very first block. You possibly can see it from his very first over-the-top rebound in visitors, and you may see it from his very first drive that he was enjoying with a unique aggressiveness.”
Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk added 15 factors apiece to assist Miami rebound from a loss at Chicago on Monday that snapped the Warmth’s season-best seven-game successful streak.
Olynyk scored 10 factors within the remaining quarter to assist his staff keep away from back-to-back losses for the primary time since Dec. Three (Golden State) and Dec. 6 (San Antonio).
Khris Middleton had 25 factors to steer Milwaukee, which misplaced to Miami for the second time in 4 days.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the Bucks, who misplaced 97-79 at Miami on Sunday.
Miami used a 7-Zero run late to take management.
Whiteside, whose earlier season finest was 26 factors, slammed house an alley-oop dunk to start the run, and it was capped by two free throws from James Johnson for a 100-93 lead with 2:34 remaining.
Two free throws by Middleton received Milwaukee to 102-98 with 43 seconds to go.
However then after a missed shot by Miami’s Justise Winslow on the following possession, the free ball was grabbed by each Antetokounmpo and Whiteside, which led to the leap ball.
“There actually wasn’t a plan,” Whiteside stated. “I used to be shocked they known as a leap ball. I felt like I had the ball.”
Whiteside didn’t want a plan.
The leap ball was on the Miami free-throw line and Antetokounmpo swatted it out of bounds underneath the Warmth basket. That led to 2 free throws by Dragic for a 104-98 lead with 12 seconds left.
“He tried to win the tip however simply hit it a little bit bit too laborious,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd stated. “And that just about is the sport.”
Middleton answered with a Three-pointer to trim the deficit to 104-101 with 10.6 seconds remaining earlier than Wayne Ellington clinched it with two free throws with 9.5 seconds left.
Warmth: Starter Tyler Johnson didn’t play after he sprained his left ankle within the third quarter Monday. … Miami has three extra street video games left on a five-game journey.
Bucks: The staff already has misplaced three house video games this month after struggling a complete of three of them in November and December.
Johnson wished to play so badly he stopped by Spoelstra’s workplace earlier than the sport. “He is a psycho,” Spoelstra stated. “I instructed him, ‘not an opportunity.’ He was doing remedy all afternoon. … All of us received a very good chuckle out of it. I feel he was being severe, however no probability.”
Milwaukee not solely is dealing with Miami for the second time in 4 days, the Bucks performed Washington on Monday for the second time in 10 days. Milwaukee additionally battled Toronto in a five-day span and Indiana in a six-day span in early January.
“This is not one thing new,” Kidd stated. “That is the way in which the schedules have been and it is simply the way in which it falls.”
Warmth: At Brooklyn on Friday night time.
Bucks: At Philadelphia on Saturday for the groups’ first assembly of the season.
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