Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Thursday, November 8th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 11th
Game 3: Friday, February 15th
Game 4: Friday, April 5th

Bucks 97

(11-7, 4-5 away)

Heat 99

(4-15, 3-8 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 11, 2001

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 25 24 25 2397
    MIA 27 25 27 2099

    Top Performers

    Mil: R. Allen 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mia: A. Mourning 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Heat find some offense

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat finally can celebrate at home.

    Eddie Jones scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 10.5 seconds left, to lift the Heat.

    Eddie Jones scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 10.5 seconds left, to lift the Miami Heat to a 99-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

    The victory snapped a seven-game home losing streak for the Heat, who have won two of three after dropping 12 straight.

    "It feels great to walk into a locker room and see smiles," Jones said. "I've been in a lot of these locker rooms where I didn't see too many."

    Miami used its 14th different starting lineup in 19 games. Coach Pat Riley may finally have found the right combination after starting Rod Strickland at point guard and Jim Jackson, playing in just his fourth game, at small forward.

    "I wanted to change the energy, so I changed the lineup," Riley said.

    Milwaukee had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but former Heat Anthony Mason's drive to the basket was stopped by Jones and Alonzo Mourning.

    Ray Allen, who had 30 points, started the play by driving right before finding Mason in the lane. The Bucks thought Mason was fouled, but there was no call.

    "I was definitely hit," said Mason, who had 11 points. "Everybody saw that. That's the way it goes."

    The Bucks used an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter to tie it at 97 on a pair of free throws by Allen with 28.5 seconds left. It was the first time the game was tied since 33-33 in the second quarter.

    Allen, 10-for-14 shooting with five 3-pointers, was upset about the no-call on Mason.

    "I felt he got hammered," Allen said after the Bucks had their two-game winning streak stopped. "I felt the Heat were trying to foul him."

    Mourning had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jackson added 16 points for Miami, which had a season high in points and shooting percentage (49.3).

    "It's nice to win one of those games," Riley said. "It's been like that about 10 times this year, going down to the wire and we haven't been able to make plays, free throws or defensive stops."

    On the decisive layup, Jones took a pass from Anthony Carter to the right of the free-throw line and drove hard to the basket, creating contact with Ervin Johnson as the shot was made.

    "I was hoping to get to the rim and either make the shot or get fouled," Jones said. "Actually, both of those things happened."

    No foul was called.

    Mourning had 10 points in the third quarter, shooting 4-for-4 from the field, as the Heat led 79-74 heading into the final quarter. Jones had nine points in the quarter.

    "I just want to make my minutes on the court effective," said Mourning, who played 35 minutes and is trying to regain his stamina as he battles back from a kidney disorder. "It just came down to some effort plays down the stretch."

    Behind 13 first-half points by Jackson, the Heat had a season-high 52 points in the opening half and led by three points at the break.

    "Maybe this game will give Miami the confidence to be a special team they have been for the past six years," Bucks coach George Karl said.

    Game notes
    Strickland had seven assists in his first start. ... With the worst record in the NBA, Riley said before Tuesday's game: "There is no pressure on anybody. We're out of it. In the minds of everybody else, we're out of it." Riley, however, expects the Heat to snap out of their slump. "My expectation is to turn this thing around." ... Miami's Kendall Gill has been cleared to play after being sidelined with a broken left pinky Nov. 6. Gill has not yet practiced, but could be ready Friday against New Jersey. ... Milwaukee center Joel Przybilla made his second straight start for Greg Foster, out with a cervical bulging disk. ... Jason Caffey didn't make the trip to Miami and is day to day with a strained right hip flexor. ... The Bucks had just 11 rebounds in the first half, tying a season low.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 99
    FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 26-34 (.765) 23-31 (.742)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-32 12-44
    Assists 22 21
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 10 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 30
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Alonzo Mourning Mourning
    Points: 21
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2