- The Milwaukee Bucks blew out the Miami Heat 144-97 on Tuesday night.
- Milwaukee made an NBA record 29 three-pointers against Miami.
- The 47-point loss is tied for the second largest loss in Heat history.
The Miami Heat can feel better about their 47-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks knowing that less than a week ago, the L.A. Clippers lost by a 51-point margin to the Dallas Mavericks. Other than that, Tuesday’s loss to Milwaukee was historic for the Heat, but in a bad way.
Bucks Made a Record 29 Three-Pointers
The Milwaukee Bucks set a single-game NBA record with 29 three-pointers made Tuesday night and beat the Heat by 47 points ? https://t.co/7FQMzqGlmW pic.twitter.com/DigX7inDoI
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 30, 2020
The Bucks made 29 out of 51 three-pointers against the Heat on Tuesday, the most three-point baskets made by a team in an NBA game. It beat the previous mark of 27 three-point baskets made by the Houston Rockets against the Phoenix Suns on April 7, 2019. The Bucks were so prolific that they tied Houston’s record with just under 8 minutes to go, and reset the record with still 6:07 left in the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee also became the first among 109 NBA teams to attempt at least 50 three-pointers in a single game to make at least 50% of their tries. Milwaukee didn’t just hit the .500 mark, they made 56.9% of their three-point attempts on Tuesday night. In addition to that, the Bucks also set another record with 12 different players making a three-point basket in the game, topping the previous standard of 11.
Interestingly only Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t make a three-pointer for the Bucks. However, his brother Thanasis achieved a personal milestone by making his first NBA three-point basket after missing his first 11 attempts from downtown. Giannis also finished with just 9 points in 24 minutes, the first time that the reigning two-time MVP hasn’t scored in double figures since December 22, 2018, when the Bucks lost 94-87 to the, well, Miami Heat. That means that Giannis’ streak of 108 regular season games and 132 overall of scoring in double digits ended on Tuesday night.
Third Largest Win Over a Conference Champion
The Bucks’ 47-point win over the Heat is tied for the 3rd-largest ever over a defending conference champion.
The two largest instances:
-SuperSonics def. Rockets in Dec. 1986 (+56)
-Mavericks def. Warriors in Nov. 2019 (+48)
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 30, 2020
Milwaukee’s 47-point win over Miami was also tied for the third largest win against a reigning conference champion. Only Seattle’s 1986 win over Houston (56 points) and Dallas’ win over Golden State (48 points) in 2019 had bigger margins of victory. For the Heat, the 47-point loss was tied for the second-largest losing margin suffered by the Heat. Only Miami’s 68-point loss to Cleveland in 1991 was worse.
The 144 points that the Heat allowed were also tied for the second most points conceded by the Heat in franchise history. It ranks next only to the 148 points that they gave up to the Cavs in the 1991 game mentioned earlier. The Heat also allowed the Bucks to score 46 points in the first quarter which is the most they have ever allowed at home and the 2nd biggest first quarter that they have ever conceded.
This was the first meeting between the Bucks and Heat since Miami ousted the then-top seeded Bucks in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs via 4-1 series score. Jimmy Butler averaged 23.4 points per game in that series while Bam Adebayo put up 17.2 points and 12 rebounds. On Tuesday, Butler missed the game with a sprained right ankle while Adebayo scored 12 points and grabbed 6 boards but took only seven shots in 25 minutes of action.
TV Broadcast Was Cut
The Bucks are smashing the Heat so bad that TNT decided to cut away from the game to show ads during a Bucks possesion. #FearTheDeer x #HeaTTwitter pic.twitter.com/qNMZPYctcR
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta1) December 30, 2020
The game was so bad that TNT cut the coverage after the Bucks had established a 93-62 lead in the third quarter. The TV crew bantered about the game before looking in on the other games going on around the league. TNT kept making the broadcast rounds before going back to the game in the 4th period when the Bucks were making a run at the three-point record.
Overall, it was an utter disgrace for the Miami Heat who were looking to build on the success they had during the 2019-20 season. With the loss, the Heat fall to 2-2 on the season, the same record as the Lakers, Celtics, Nets, and Bucks. However, the Heat have a chance to erase the sour taste in their mouths as they face the Bucks again on Wednesday.
SportsBetting.ag currently has Miami as +6 point underdogs for the rematch as Jimmy Butler is still not expected to suit up for the Easern Conference champs. However, Miami is expected to bounce back from Tuesday’s humbling defeat and nobody expects the Bucks to make 29 three-pointers for the second consecutive game.