Heat simmers to win over Bucks

Updated: July 17, 2010, 2:53 AM ET
Courtesy NBA.com

The Miami Heat (3-1) started slowly, but warmed up quickly in their 78-58 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (0-4) 2010 NBA Summer League game held in UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Miami scored only 14 points and trailed by six after the first 10 minutes of play before turning things around owning as much as a 27-point lead.

Milwaukee came out hot in the first quarter scoring 20 points on 58.3% shooting (7-for-12), while Miami shot 37.5% (6-for-16) for 14 points. The Bucks got six of their 20 points from the charity stripe, while the Heat had none.

The Heat started the second quarter looking like a completely different team, as they flipped the flow of the game to their favor. They outscored the Bucks 23-15 to take a two-point lead into intermission.

The second half was more of the same for Miami, as they outscored Milwaukee 41-23 the last 20 minutes of the contest.

The Heat opened up the third quarter scoring 11 consecutive points in the first 4:26 for a 48-35 lead before pushing out to 27 on two different occasions during the fourth.

Miami ended the game shooting 45.6% (26-for-57) to Milwaukee's 35.8% (19-for-53). The Heat made six more three-pointers (11-to-5) and five more free throws (20-to-15).

Shavlik Randolph led Miami with a team-high 18, as he connected on 6-of-12 from the field and made five free throws.

Randolph was joined by three more teammates in double figures. Kenny Hasbrouck had 14, Weyinmi Efejuku had 13 and Davon Jefferson pitched in 10.

Milwaukee's Micah Downs scored a game-high 21 in a losing effort, while Larry Sanders chipped in 14 of his own.

Both teams return to action against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami will play Friday afternoon against Cleveland, while Milwaukee will wait until Sunday. Both games will take place in the Cox Pavilion.

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