MIAMI – At half-time, there was no way to scream and scream in the Milwaukee locker room.
A little film was reviewed, some adjustments were discussed and the Bucks felt that a deficit of 20 points could be overcome.
They were right.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and completed a decisive pass of a triple-double. The Bucks tied a franchise record for second-half returns, allowing them to beat the Miami Heat 113-98 on Friday night.
"It does not matter if you're down 20, 15, 10," said Antetokounmpo, who also got 16 rebounds and 9 assists. "We're going to keep playing hard, it's a process, you have to win games like this, you have to face adversity when you play on the road." In the playoffs, it will only be Not easy, we want to be a great team and that's why we keep playing hard. "
The Bucks were 1-100 of all time – 0-77 on the road – trailing by 20 or more at half. They trailed 72-52 at the half against the New York Knicks on February 18, 1977 and won 124-123.
Friday, there was Heat 62, 42 Bucks at the half.
From there, Bucks 71, Heat 36. Milwaukee also became the first team in NBA history to score at least 20 points in the break and win at least 15 points.
"We lost our energy in the second half," said Justise Winslow, who led the team to Miami with 20 points – all before the intermission.
The Heat's lead over Orlando and Charlotte for eighth place in the Eastern Conference has been reduced to one game.
Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, Josh Richardson was 11 and Dwyane Wade was one of four players with 10 for Miami. Wade is injured at the right hip during a difficult fall late in the third quarter.
Antetokounmpo had full control of the second half, recovering an offensive rebound at 2:40 and leaving a pass in the head against Bledsoe for a layup and a lead of 110-92. Most fans did not see it – they had been away for a long time.
"To do what we did in the second half, I'm just delighted with the way the guys have managed to turn the tide," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. "Our defense feeds our attack, we want it to be our identity."
The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first quarter with a straight heel. Brogdon was 0-for-3 in 7 minutes.
The recovery from 23 years was the biggest Bucks of the season, better than they had against Chicago on November 16. It was only the fifth game of the season where the Bucks were 20 or more, and they are now 2- 3 in those games.
The Heat came out strong, leading 25-8 before none 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 first quarter, and the Bucks reduced that total to 13 three times in the second quarter. Miami closed the half on a 10-3 push to bring the lead back to 20.
Everything has changed – and fast.
The Bucks scored as many points in the third quarter – five – as the Heat scored goals. Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova each had 10 points in the quarter, Miami scored 5-for-20 and were overtaken 16-8 and the lead was reduced to one point before the fourth.
The advance did not last long and Milwaukee kept moving away.
"Sometimes you will miss open shots," said Heat Erik Spoelstra coach. "Sometimes you will miss free throws, sometimes there will be turnovers, sometimes there are things you do not agree with arbitration. period really distracted us and they really benefited. "
Bucks: Middleton also had eight assists. … George Hill came back after an absence of nine games with a strain of adductors. He played seven minutes without goal.
Heat: It was the fourth time in franchise history that Miami lost in first place, with 20 or more victories at the half. The Heat had been 51-0 overall at home and 71-3 overall with a big lead at the break. … Miami signed a goalkeeper Charles Cooke 10 days before the match. Cooke was a member of the G League affiliate of the team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Dollar Center Brook Lopez was 0-for-1 from 3 points. He now has up to 436 3 attempts for the 2018-1919 campaign, scarcely three to match Channing Frye's record for most of his seven feet in a season. Frye tried 439 in 2010-11.
Miami wanted to become the second team of the season to beat Milwaukee twice. Only Phoenix has managed to do it so far in 2018-19.
Bucks: Welcome Philadelphia Sunday.
Heat: Welcome Charlotte Sunday.