Video: Heat’s Dwyane Wade skies over Bucks’ Monta Ellis for putback dunk
The Heat beat the Bucks 98-86 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 series lead thanks to Dwyane Wade, who emerged as Miami’s lead option on a (relatively) quiet night for LeBron James.
Wade paced the Heat with 21 points (on eight-for-14 shooting), seven rebounds and three assists, delivering the highlight of the game when he skied to finish a putback slam over Monta Ellis.
With the Heat leading 57-56 midway through the third quarter, Wade charged in from well outside the three-point line to complete the second-chance dunk off of a Mario Chalmers missed jumper. Wade squeezed between Ellis and Larry Sanders, finishing the play with a one-hand slam in one smooth motion. Ellis “has it all”… except a textbook box out. Miami then blew open a tight game with a 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter and never looked back.
The series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday night, where James will look to rebound from his worst shooting night in more than a month. The presumptive MVP finished with 19 points (on six-for-14 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes, breaking a streak of 10 straight games in which he shot better than 56 percent from the field.
The Bucks were led by 21 points (on nine-for-14 shooting) and six rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova. Ellis finished with just seven points (on two-for-seven shooting) and five assists.