James is by far the most efficient superstar in the league, so even a productive stat line like the one he posted against the Bucks is overshadowed by his six turnovers on a night when the Heat committed 21. James played his way into exhaustion trying to keep Miami close. On the second night of a back-to-back set, he just didn't have much left down the stretch.
Back from that one-game suspension for kneeing Charlotte's Ramon Sessions in the groin area, Wade was active early with 14 points in the first half. He cooled off significantly in the second half -- just as Bucks guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings began to pick apart the Heat's shoddy perimeter defense. Jennings had 25 points, and Ellis facilitated with nine assists.
Bosh got off to a great start by attacking the paint on offense and rebounding at a dominant rate on both ends through the first three quarters. With starting power forward Udonis Haslem sitting out with a shoulder/neck injury, much of the rebounding burden fell on Bosh. He responded. The Heat need this kind of aggression from him night in and night out.
Coach Erik Spoelstra's decision to dust the mothballs off Harrellson and play him ahead of Joel Anthony as the first big off the bench was not only curious, it was costly. Harrellson couldn't hit a shot, was slow on defensive rotations and even got the Heat hit with a senseless delay of game warning. The Harrellson experiment was a disaster Saturday.
The Bucks seem to have a way of bloodying the Heat's nose like no other team, regardless of the outcome. Milwaukee regrouped nicely from a dominant stretch by the Heat in the third quarter by torching Miami 35-14 in the fourth. The Bucks forced turnovers early and frustrated the Heat with feisty defense down the stretch to pull away.