MILWAUKEE — Center Chris Bosh scored 14 points as the Miami Heat won for the second straight night, rolling to an 88-67 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Forward LeBron James had a quiet night, making five of 10 shots to finish with 13 points and guard James Jones made four of six to finish with 10 for Miami, which shot only 41 percent and was 5-of-19 from beyond the arc.
Forward Rashard Lewis and guard Toney Douglas also scored 13 each for Miami, which rested its starters for much of the second half.
The Heat made up for their poor shooting at the free throw line, where they connected on 17 of 21 attempts while Milwaukee got to the line just 14 times, making nine.
Forward John Henson notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists while point guard Ramon Sessions had 15 to lead the Bucks, who lost their ninth in a row and missed, by one point, setting a new mark for fewest points scored by any NBA team this season (66).
Guard Brandon Knight struggled, going 6-for-18 from the field, but finished with 13 points. Forward Khris Middleton added 10.
The short-handed Heat had no problem with Milwaukee from the start, holding the Bucks to 31 percent shooting and forcing nine turnovers in the first half.
Bosh had 12 points and five rebounds at the break, as Miami held a 46-29 lead.
NOTES: Heat G Dwayne Wade missed the game with a sore hamstring. G Mario Chalmers (right quad), G Ray Allen (flu) and C Greg Oden (back), also were unavailable Saturday. … Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo was back on the floor Saturday despite suffering an ankle sprain Thursday against the Lakers. … Milwaukee did go without G O.J. Mayo, who sprained his right ankle Monday against the Clippers. … Ebony Nettles-Bey, a junior basketball player at Verona (Wis.) high school, fulfilled her wish of meeting Heat F LeBron James before the game. Nettles-Bey has been battling stage-four Rhabdomyosarcoma and her dream of meeting James gained national attention earlier this season.
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