Heat grab control in 2nd half, smother Bucks to run win streak to 7

MIAMI (AP) -- Goran Dragic scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat ran their winning streak to seven games by topping the Milwaukee Bucks 97-79 Sunday.

Josh Richardson scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Miami. The Heat trailed 43-41 at the half, then took control by outscoring the Bucks 41-21 in the first 16 minutes of the second half.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 for Milwaukee, which started 1 for 14 from the floor in the second half and shot 32 percent for the game. Khris Middleton added 16 for the Bucks but shot only 3 for 16.

It was a rare easy win for Miami. The first six Heat wins in this streak were all by single digits.

The Bucks were making a run in the fourth when Dragic took over. His 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring with 5:19 left put the Heat up by 14, part of a run in which he scored 11 consecutive Miami points.

The Heat turned the ball over 15 times, but Milwaukee converted those into only two points.


Bucks: The 1 p.m. start time won't be Milwaukee's earliest wake-up call of the season. The Bucks play in Brooklyn at noon on Feb. 4 -- Super Bowl Sunday. … Olympic sprinting great Usain Bolt of Jamaica sat courtside, across from the Milwaukee bench.

Heat: Miami plays nine of its next 11 games on the road. But after that stretch, 18 of the final 29 regular-season contests are at home with no remaining road trip longer than three games. … The Heat have now had 300 consecutive home regular-season sellouts.


Sunday was the start of a rare back-to-back of day games for the Bucks, Heat and Knicks. All play Monday afternoon, part of the NBA's lineup on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Bucks and Knicks had similar schedules on this weekend last year, but the Heat haven't had early starts on consecutive days since March 2009. Milwaukee flies to Washington, Miami flies to Chicago and New York heads to Brooklyn. The Wizards, Bulls and Nets all had Sunday off.


Former Heat coach Ron Rothstein was honored at halftime for winning the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award. Rothstein was joined by the entire current Heat coaching staff, along with former Heat assistant Tony Fiorentino -- now a team broadcaster -- and David Fizdale, the former Miami assistant who was coach in Memphis until being let go earlier this season.

Ron Rothstein was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award at halftime of today's @MiamiHeat-Bucks game! #HeatCulture #HeatNation pic.twitter.com/00pYvTRuH4

— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) January 14, 2018


Justise Winslow returned for Miami after missing 14 games with a knee strain, finishing with three points, four rebounds and four assists in 13 minutes. Sunday's appearance was his 37th in Miami's last 115 games.


Milwaukee: Visit Washington on Monday, ending a two-game trip.

Miami: Visit Chicago on Monday, starting a five-game swing.