Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 119-108 loss to Miami Heat

Dec 30, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA (Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
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Dec 30, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA ( Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 30, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA ( Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) /

After the Milwaukee Bucks easily took the first night of a back-to-back, the Miami Heat evened up the season series between the two sides Wednesday night.

It was a tale of two games for the Milwaukee Bucks in the first two meetings with the Miami Heat in the 2020-21 season.

On Tuesday night, Milwaukee looked virtually unstoppable, having defeated Miami by 47 points and hitting an NBA record 29 3-pointers in the process. There was little time to rest with a second consecutive game tipping off on Wednesday, and it proved to be a far different story this time around.

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The Heat achieved redemption as they snagged a 119-108 win away from the Bucks to even the season series at one game apiece.

It was a devastating defeat as the Bucks let a double-digit lead slip away in the second half, and now, they are now 2-3 on the season as they continue trying to work out the kinks with the new pieces brought in this offseason.

With Milwaukee having tacked on their third loss of the season, here are three takeaways from the contest.

Takeaway No. 3 – Heat’s leading trio too much for Milwaukee

To give credit where it is due, the Heat played a great game without Jimmy Butler on the floor. After having lost by an astounding 47 points less than 24 hours prior, they came out with an immediate sense of urgency, and they fought for 48 minutes straight to get even.

Their trio of Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, and Bam Adebayo, three players the Bucks are all too familiar with after last year’s postseason run, was fantastic throughout. Those three scored a combined 69 out of Miami’s 119 points, having torched Milwaukee offensively.

More than that, their high level of play made it feel like a postseason setting out there. The Bucks’ recent playoff run-in with the Heat has certainly set the stage for future matchups, and the star-studded trio of Adebayo, Dragic, and Herro remains an issue for them. Of course, things complicate further when Butler returns to the lineup.

Miami has Milwaukee’s number right now, and that will be something to watch for as these two teams will likely face off once again down the line this season.