Former Buck Tucker matches Giannis’ 15 pts in Heat win
MIAMI (AP) – Caleb Martin scored a career-high 28 points and the Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-104 on Wednesday night.
Starting with injured Jimmy Butler, Martin shot 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 8 with 3 points, as the Heat tied a franchise record with 22 3 against the defending NBA champions.
Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 13 assists and Max Strus scored his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Miami, ending a three-game losing streak at home.
Jrue Holiday scored 27 points and Khris Middleton finished with 20 for the Bucks. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points as Miami limited him to 4 of 13 shots from the field.
The Heat took the lead in earnest with nine straight points in the final 55 seconds of the third. Lowry’s 3 consecutive points and PJ Tucker’s 3 at the buzzer gave Miami the advantage 83-77. Tucker finished with 13 points.
Butler, the Heat’s top scorer, compounded an injury in Monday’s loss to Memphis. He had missed the previous four games with a bruised tailbone.
Bucks: G George Hill (right knee hyperextension) missed his third game in a row. … Antetokounmpo blocked a shot and moved inside that of Alton Lister, the club’s career leader at 804. … Middleton had his sixth straight game of 20 or more points. Milwaukee is 7-2 when he hits 20 points.
Heat: The 51-44 halftime deficit was Miami’s first under double digits in its last three home games. … G Duncan Robinson played his 173rd consecutive game, one behind Glen Rice for the most in club history. Robinson began the streak on April 9, 2019.
Heat center Bam Adebayo is expected to miss between four and six weeks after undergoing right thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament on Monday in Los Angeles. Adebayo was injured in the home loss to Denver.
The Bucks and Heat have already played three times in their first 26 games. Neither team has faced another opponent more than twice. Their fourth and final regular season meeting will be on March 2 in Milwaukee.
Bucks: Continue their four-game road trip Friday in Houston.
Heat: Wrap up a three-game homestand against Chicago on Saturday.
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