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Bucks, down 20 at half, run away to beat Heat 113-98

MIAMI (AP) There was no yelling and screaming in the Milwaukee locker room at halftime. A little bit of film got reviewed, a couple adjustments got discussed, and the Bucks believed a 20-point deficit could be overcome.

They were right.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and finished an assist shy of a triple-double, and the Bucks tied a franchise record for second-half comebacks on the way to beating the Miami Heat 113-98 on Friday night.

''It doesn't matter if you're down 20, 15, 10,'' said Antetokounmpo, who also had 16 rebounds and nine assists. ''We're going to keep playing hard. It's a process. You've got to win games like this. You've got to face adversity when you're playing on the road. In the playoffs, it's not going to be easy. We want to be a great team and that's why we keep playing hard.''

The Bucks were 1-100 all-time - 0-77 on the road - when trailing by 20 or more at the half. They trailed 72-52 at the half against the New York Knicks on Feb. 18, 1977, and won 124-123.

On Friday, it was Heat 62, Bucks 42 at the half.

From there, Bucks 71, Heat 36. Milwaukee also became the first team in NBA history to trail by at least 20 at the break and wind up winning by at least 15 points.

''We lost our energy in the second half,'' said Justise Winslow, who led Miami with 20 points - all in the first half. The Heat's lead over Orlando and Charlotte for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference was trimmed to just one game.

Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, Josh Richardson scored 11 points and Dwyane Wade was one of four players with 10 for Miami. Wade bruised his right hip on a hard fall late in the third quarter.

Khris Middleton scored 21 and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the NBA-best Bucks, who improved to 52-17. Antetokounmpo was in total control of the second half, grabbing an offensive rebound with 2:40 left and throwing a no-look, behind-the-head pass to Bledsoe for a layup and a 110-92 lead. Most fans didn't see it - they were long gone by then.

''To do what we did in the second half, I'm just pleased with the guys the way they were able to flip it,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''Our defense fuels our offense. We want that to be our identity.''

The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first quarter to a sore right heel. Brogdon was 0 for 3 in 6 1/2 minutes.

The rally from 23 down was the Bucks' biggest of the season, one better than what they did against Chicago on Nov 16. It was only the fifth game all season where the Bucks trailed by 20 or more, and they're now 2-3 in those games.

The Heat came out flying, leading 25-8 before any of the starters came out for their first rest of the night. The biggest lead was 37-14 with a minute to go in the opening quarter, and the Bucks pared that down to 13 on three occasions in the second quarter. Miami wound up closing the half on a 10-3 spurt to push the lead back to 20.

It all changed - and fast.

The Bucks made as many 3-pointers in the third quarter - five - as the Heat made field goals. Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova each had 10 points in the quarter, Miami shot 5 for 20 and got outrebounded 16-8, and the lead was down to one going into the fourth.

The lead didn't last long, and Milwaukee kept pulling away.

''Sometimes you're going to miss open shots,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''Sometimes you're going to miss free throws. Sometimes there are going to be turnovers. Sometimes there are going to be things you don't agree with the officiating. All of that in the second half really distracted us and they really took advantage of that.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: Middleton also had eight assists. ... George Hill returned after a nine-game absence with an adductor strain. He played seven scoreless minutes.

Heat: It was the fourth time in franchise history that Miami lost when leading by 20 or more at the half. The Heat had been 51-0 all-time at home and 71-3 all-time overall with that big a lead at the break. ... Miami signed guard Charles Cooke to a 10-day contract before the game. Cooke has been with the team's G League affiliate in Sioux Falls.

CLOSING IN

Bucks center Brook Lopez was 0 for 1 from 3-point range. He's now up to 436 3s attempted in the 2018-19 campaign, three shy of matching Channing Frye's mark for the most ever by a 7-footer in a season. Frye tried 439 in 2010-11.

ONLY ONE

Miami was bidding to become the second team this season to beat Milwaukee twice. Only Phoenix has managed to do that so far in 2018-19.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.

Heat: Host Charlotte on Sunday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
J. Richardson
0 SG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
17.2 Pts. Per Game 17.2
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
58.0 Field Goal % 42.2
57.8 Three Point % 42.1
72.0 Free Throw % 85.5
  Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk 0:26
  Pat Connaughton missed hook shot 0:30
+ 2 Derrick Jones Jr. made dunk 0:49
  Offensive rebound by Derrick Jones Jr. 0:50
  Bam Adebayo missed layup 0:51
+ 1 Kelly Olynyk made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
+ 1 Kelly Olynyk made 1st of 2 free throws 1:20
  Personal foul on Tony Snell 1:20
+ 3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brook Lopez 1:26
  Brook Lopez missed jump shot 2:03
Team Stats
Points 113 98
Field Goals 42-88 (47.7%) 38-93 (40.9%)
3-Pointers 12-33 (36.4%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 14-25 (56.0%)
Total Rebounds 61 58
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 44 35
Team 9 13
Assists 29 21
Steals 8 7
Blocks 9 5
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 1
33 PTS, 16 REB, 9 AST
20 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Bucks 52-17 19233734113
home team logo Heat 32-36 3725181898
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 52-17 112.8 PPG 51.9 RPG 25.0 APG
home team logo Heat 32-36 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo PF 27.7 PPG 12.5 RPG 5.9 APG 57.8 FG%
J. Winslow SF 12.6 PPG 5.4 RPG 4.3 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo PF 33 PTS 16 REB 9 AST
J. Winslow SF 20 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
47.7 FG% 40.9
36.4 3PT FG% 36.4
70.8 FT% 56.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Antetokounmpo 33 16 9 12/19 1/4 8/11 4 34 2 3 6 2 14 +19 66
K. Middleton 21 5 8 8/16 2/5 3/5 4 32 1 0 1 0 5 -2 42
E. Bledsoe 17 3 5 6/12 1/3 4/6 3 33 3 0 4 1 2 +24 29
B. Lopez 2 6 2 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 30 1 3 0 0 6 +13 16
M. Brogdon 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 -14 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Antetokounmpo 33 16 9 12/19 1/4 8/11 4 34 2 3 6 2 14 +19 66
K. Middleton 21 5 8 8/16 2/5 3/5 4 32 1 0 1 0 5 -2 42
E. Bledsoe 17 3 5 6/12 1/3 4/6 3 33 3 0 4 1 2 +24 29
B. Lopez 2 6 2 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 30 1 3 0 0 6 +13 16
M. Brogdon 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 -14 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Ilyasova 15 5 0 5/9 3/5 2/2 3 20 0 0 1 2 3 +4 19
P. Connaughton 13 6 1 5/9 3/6 0/0 1 25 0 1 1 1 5 +4 21
N. Mirotic 8 6 1 3/9 2/5 0/0 2 28 1 2 2 1 5 +21 17
D. Wilson 4 2 1 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 1 1 +11 8
G. Hill 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 -9 0
T. Snell 0 3 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 0 0 3 +4 5
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. DiVincenzo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Duval - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Colson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 52 29 42/88 12/33 17/24 21 234 8 9 15 8 44 +75 225
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Winslow 20 2 5 8/16 3/7 1/2 2 30 2 1 3 0 2 0 32
J. Richardson 11 3 2 5/10 1/1 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 0 3 -20 17
D. Waiters 10 2 2 4/10 2/5 0/0 2 23 1 0 2 1 1 0 15
K. Olynyk 10 7 2 2/6 2/3 4/6 1 34 1 0 2 0 7 +7 20
B. Adebayo 10 11 5 4/8 0/0 2/3 3 29 1 1 3 2 9 -10 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Winslow 20 2 5 8/16 3/7 1/2 2 30 2 1 3 0 2 0 32
J. Richardson 11 3 2 5/10 1/1 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 0 3 -20 17
D. Waiters 10 2 2 4/10 2/5 0/0 2 23 1 0 2 1 1 0 15
K. Olynyk 10 7 2 2/6 2/3 4/6 1 34 1 0 2 0 7 +7 20
B. Adebayo 10 11 5 4/8 0/0 2/3 3 29 1 1 3 2 9 -10 30
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Whiteside 14 11 0 5/9 0/0 4/7 2 18 0 3 0 4 7 -5 28
D. Wade 10 1 1 5/16 0/1 0/1 0 21 0 0 0 0 1 -4 13
D. Jones Jr. 9 3 1 3/6 0/2 3/6 1 14 1 0 0 2 1 -18 15
G. Dragic 4 4 3 2/9 0/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 0 4 -16 14
R. McGruder 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 1 0 -9 1
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 45 21 38/93 8/22 14/25 18 235 7 5 12 10 35 -75 185