Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/21/12
MIAMI -- It's almost unfair. After the Bucks had rallied from 18 points down in a game that eventually went to overtime, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra took out 6-2 point guard Mario Chalmers and put 6-8 LeBron James on 6-1 sharp-shooter Brandon Jennings. The result was a 6-0 start in the extra session and a 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat (9-3) improved to 5-0 at home. Dwyane Wade and James, who both battled the flu on Miami's recently completed 4-2 road trip, each finished with 28 points. James added 10 rebounds and 8 assists -- nearly a triple-double. Heat forward Chris Bosh also starred with 24 points and 18 rebounds. The 18 boards are the most for Bosh in a Heat uniform. Spoelstra said he'll "take it" when it comes to any win, but he wasn't happy with letting a big lead slip away. "It's the human condition -- when things are easy, you relax, even if it's only for a moment," he said. "We relaxed for three or four minutes straight." Jennings had just two of his team-high 19 points in overtime. An even bigger problem for Milwaukee was its 17.2-percent shooting from three-point range (5 of 29). Bucks guard Monta Ellis, who came in averaging 21.4 points, was held to nine points on 4-of-16 shooting. Ellis also had trouble guarding Wade. "They (the Heat) are very hard to defend," Ellis said. "They've got a great post guy (Bosh) rolling to the basket that you have to respect. They have shooters around LeBron. They're the NBA champs, and they showed it. They closed the game out." Wade, who missed three games on the trip because of the flu and a sprained left foot, looked fine, making 11 of 20 shots. All four of his 20-point games this season have come at home, where he is averaging 23 points. Meanwhile, the Bucks (6-4) have played tough in rival arenas. They are now 3-2 on the road after they won their first three away from home. A bright spot for Milwaukee was rookie forward John Henson, who had 17 points and 18 rebounds, both career highs. "Coach (Scott Skiles) always says to take advantage of your opportunities," Henson said. "So that's what I did." Skiles, though, said Henson has a long way to go. "The question is not coming in and having success -- it's whether he knows what we're doing," he said. "He's getting better, and it's a rookie learning curve he's going through. He was very good tonight." As for the loss, Henson gave credit to James. "It wasn't his scoring, it was simple passes," Henson said. "He found guys, and that's what helped them win the game." Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who entered the game trailing Alonzo Mourning by just one rebound, tied the record when he grabbed a missed jumper by Ellis with 3:48 left in the first quarter. Haslem broke the record with 2:37 left in the quarter when he rebounded a missed layup by Ellis. Mourning's old record was 4,807 rebounds. Haslem is at 4,814 rebounds and counting. Haslem is the first undrafted player to lead a franchise in career rebounding. "We took a moment in the locker room and embarrassed him," Spoelstra said of Haslem, an unassuming sort who doesn't crave attention. "But I know this record means a lot to him. He is the embodiment of everything we stand for." NOTES: Heat forward Rashard Lewis did not play because he has the flu, although Spoelstra said he would have played if needed. ...Ellis and Jennings combined to miss their first 10 shots as the Heat put together 8-0 and 15-0 runs in the first quarter. ... Bucks center Samuel Dalembert, playing his 11th season in the NBA, made the first three-pointer of his career. He had missed his first 10 tries before he made one to end the first half. ... Bucks forward Larry Sanders, upset at being called for a foul, was ejected with 4:10 left in the first half. ... Chalmers, who came in with a 3.1-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio, had four assists and four turnovers against the Bucks. ... Next up for the Bucks is a home game Saturday against the Bulls before traveling to Chicago for a game on Monday. ... Next up for the Heat is a home game Saturday night against James' old team, the Cavaliers. Counting the Cavs game, the Heat will play nine of their next 10 games at home.
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