Trailing by 3 points, the Milwaukee Bucks entered the fourth quarter knowing they had a chance to steal a game from the Miami Heat. Less than three minutes later, that chance was long gone. Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, LeBron James added 19, and host Miami used a 12-0 run at the start of the fourth to beat Milwaukee, 98-86, on Tuesday night. The Heat took a 2-0 lead in the teams’ first-round series. Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen each scored 10 points for the Heat, who led by 68-65 after three quarters but soon widened the gap to 80-65.
“We didn’t get into our game like we wanted to in that third quarter,” James said. “But we went into the fourth with a lead, and we were able to jump on them.”
Ersan Ilyasova had 21 points for Milwaukee. Mike Dunleavy scored 16, and Larry Sanders added 14. The Bucks’ starting guards, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, combined for 15 points, two days after combining for 48. James is 10-0 when his teams have a 2-0 series lead, and Wade is 8-0 in that situation. Game 3 will take place Thursday in Milwaukee. The first 2 minutes 22 seconds of the final quarter made the difference in Game 2. Andersen started the run with a 3-point play, James made a layup and Norris Cole sank two free throws. Another basket by Andersen, off a pass from Ray Allen, made the score 77-65. James found Cole for a 3-pointer that capped the flurry and gave Miami a 15-point lead.
“We definitely had an opportunity for three quarters — but you’ve got to play four,” Dunleavy said. “There are no shortcuts. You’ve got to play well for 48 minutes.”