Good Stat, Bad Stat: Numbers from the Bucks’ Game 3 loss to Heat

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 22 (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 22 (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead with a 121-99 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Game 4 will be played in Miami on Monday night.

Here are some stats, good and bad, that helped define that game.

Good Stat, Bad Stat: Numbers from the Bucks’ Game 3 loss to Heat

Bad Stat: The Bucks scored under 100 points for only the ninth time in their last 48 playoff contests. It was the first time they were held under 100 points in a playoff game since last May 15, 2022, when they lost to the Boston Celtics 109-81. In their playoff history, the Bucks are 25-83 (.231) in playoff games when they score under 100 points. They are 11-52 (.175) in road games when they tally under 100, and 14-31 (.311) when they score under 100 in a home playoff game.

Good Stat: Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 23 points. It was the 36th consecutive playoff game where he scored 10 or more points, the longest active streak for the Bucks, per Stathead (Subscription required). The longest streak of playoff games with 10 plus points for Milwaukee is 70 games by Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a steak of 57 straight games with 10 plus points for the Bucks in a playoff game, the second-longest in franchise history. Middleton’s 36-game streak is the third-longest for the team. Jrue Holiday had 19 points in the game and has now scored double-figures in 24 straight playoff games for the Bucks. That is the eighth-longest streak in club history.

Bad Stat: Milwaukee has now lost three of its last four road playoff games. In their last 12 road playoff games, they are 6-6. The team is 58-94 (.377) all-time in away playoff contests.

Good Stat: Bobby Portis had 10 rebounds in the game, the ninth time he has secured 10 or more rebounds in a Bucks’ playoff game. With his next playoff game with 10 or more rebounds, Portis will be the 12th Milwaukee Bucks player with 10 or more rebounds in 10 or more playoff games. Abdul-Jabbar tops this stat with 53 games followed by Giannis with 51 playoff games with 10+ rebounds.

Bad Stat: Milwaukee shot .385 from the 3-point line in the game while the Heat shot .485, a difference of 100 percentage points. Since the 2010 playoff season, the Bucks are 5-17 in playoff games when the opponents shoot 100 or more percentage points higher from the 3-point line than they do.

Good Stat: In the first three games of this series with Miami, Grayson Allen made 10 of the 19 shots he took from the 3-point line. Of all Bucks players who have attempted 50 or more career threes in playoff games, Grayson has a career 3-point shooting percentage of .433 (29-for-67), the third-best all-time for the team. Ray Allen has the best career playoff 3-point percentage at .463 followed by Tim Thomas at .438 (minimum of 50 threes attempted in the playoffs for the Bucks to qualify).

Good Stat: Milwaukee has a winning record (29-24) in their history in Game 4.

Bad Stat: Milwaukee shot only .447 from the field in Game 3. They have lost three of their last four playoff games when they shot under 45 percent from the field. The Bucks are 9-11 when they shoot under .450 from the field in their last 20 playoff games. Milwaukee is 33-84 (.282) all-time in playoff games when they shot below .450.

Good Stat: The Bucks are 11-4 in playoff games when Brook Lopez has three or more blocked shots. He might be their biggest X-factor in Game 4 tonight.

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