December 20, 2014

Bucks drop playoff opener

For one half last night, the Milwaukee Bucks were hanging in there, then a couple of 3rd quarter lapses and the Miami Heat rolled to a 110-87 win in the Eastern Conference playoff opener.

Lebron James hit 9 of 11 and nearly finished with a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead Miami.   The Heat also got 20 points from Ray Allen off the bench.

Brandon Jennings had 26 points to lead the Bucks.  Monta Ellis chipped in 22 but no other Bucks player scored more than 6 points and combined for a grand total of 39 points.

The Bucks did force 19 Miami turnovers, which led to 22 points.  But they were out-rebounded 46-31.

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Tuesday night in Miami before the series shifts back to Milwaukee for games 3 and 4.