James has the highest points per game against the Bucks among active players, including a 55- and 52-point effort. The only Milwaukee Buck who has ever showed an aptitude for guarding James is– Luc Mbah a Moute, but he's injured. James'’ effectiveness was simply dependent on when he wanted to assert himself. James went to the rim more in overtime than he had in any quarter. That was the difference.
Late in the first half, Wade pulled a euro-step on Larry Sanders that was so disrespectful that Sanders got ejected. Two things showed that Wade isn’t quite 100 percent: he was less aggressive in the fourth quarter and he wasn'’t very effective checking the Bucks' quick guards. But there were stretches in the middle when he looked great as the Bucks left giant swaths of paint open for him to cut and drive into.
By his standards, Bosh was wildly efficient in catch-and-shoot situations. He shot better than 60 percent from midrange off due to several well-placed passes from Norris Cole. He added a 3-pointer from the corner as well off an assist from Cole. Bosh was the only thing standing in the way of John Henson grabbing all the rebounds, but his turnovers cost the Heat a lot of possessions and ignited a lot of the fast breaks that were huge for the Bucks.
Congratulations to Udonis Haslem for becoming the first undrafted player to lead a franchise in rebounds. If this grade was for his career, he’'d get an A. Wednesday night, John Henson was out-hustling and out-muscling the Heat for every board. The Heat’'s franchise leader in rebounding needed to be out there more to derail a monstrous effort by Henson.
The key for the Bucks was their transition offense and defense. In the first quarter, the Bucks fell victim to Heat fast breaks even after the few times the Bucks scored. Then Sanders was ejected. Jennings and Ellis became more aggressive in the passing lanes to make up for the loss of Sanders' defensive presence. It worked as the Bucks rallied to send it into overtime. The Heat slowed the game down in overtime, which greatly limited the Bucks' offense.