LeBron struggled to pierce the Bucks' defense and then that and-1 reverse slam on Mike Dunleavy happened. LeBron started pouring it on from there, mixing in sharp moves on the block with fadeaway jumpers. He scored 20 of the team's 41 points by halftime. He came back down to Earth in the second half and missed a critical fast-break layup in the final minute.
With Wade being out for the fourth straight game, James Jones got the start in his place. The Heat are now 6-1 in his absence this season.
After recording five assists and no turnovers Saturday night, the other shoe dropped Sunday night as Bosh coughed up the ball eight times and dropped only one dime. Of all the players who looked sluggish on a back-to-back, no one looked more out of sorts than Bosh. His shooting was fairly accurate, but the rest was largely forgetful.
The Heat looked like a completely different team than the one that crushed the Sixers. That's what happens in a schedule crunch. The Heat returned to the court less than 24 hours after leaving it and consequently committed 20 turnovers and 23 fouls. Call this one a lockout loss.
Scott Skiles always makes it a grind and this game was no different. In the second game of a back-to-back, the Heat couldn't play small and up-tempo against a giant Andrew Bogut and it cost them. The Bucks have some holes on their roster, but they pieced together quite the performance on Sunday.
-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh