Middleton boosts Bucks past Heat

Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:24am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Milwaukee's Khris Middleton scored 22 points -- 20 more than Dwyane Wade -- in the Bucks' 91-79 victory over Miami on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Middleton's presence helped Greg Monroe, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (14 points).

The Bucks have won five straight against the Heat, sweeping all four games last season. There is no doubt the Bucks' height advantage -- they start a 6 feet, 6 inch point guard, two 6-8 wings and two 6-11 players -- gives Miami trouble.

"Khris is able to impact the game in several ways," Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. "He is able to score and create shots for others, making passes out of the double team."

Miami were without their top two point guards because of injuries -- Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih. That forced Wade to play more point guard along with emergency starter Tyler Johnson.

"I don't like it," Wade said of playing the point. "Tyler is doing the best he can, but he is not a typical point guard.

"At the right times, I'm cool with playing the one (point) as long as we run the offense and the ball finds me back somewhere. But it's frustrating when the ball doesn't move back around."

Middleton praised the Bucks' defense, which held Miami to 36.5 percent shooting from the floor.

"We challenged every shot," Middleton said. "We tried to make it difficult on them. Once we did that, we were dangerous on the other end."   Continued...

 
Jan 19, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports