Miami Heat defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 87-74

  PLAYER OF THE GAME: Guard Dwyane Wade scored 19 points in leading Miami to a 13-point halftime lead, tacked on nine more in the third quarter and finished with 30 points.

He made 9 of 14 shots and 11 of 12 free throws. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Bucks coach Scott Skiles didn't like what he saw right from the start when Miami won the opening tip and Wade took it in for a reverse layup. "Does the first play of the game necessarily...

A difficult night turned into a true downer for the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks were missing center Andrew Bogut due to injury and forward Ersan Ilyasova due to illness before their Eastern Conference matchup against the Miami Heat.

But forward Carlos Delfino suffered a scary fall late in the second quarter and was taken off the court on a stretcher after suffering neck and jaw pain, according to team orthopedic physician Michael Gordon...

It was a rough night for the Milwaukee Bucks from a number of angles Friday.

On the playoff front, the Bucks lost, 87-74, to the Miami Heat, a team that is nipping at their heels in the Eastern Conference standings.

On the manpower front, the Bucks went into the game without center Andrew Bogut (mid-back strain) and forward Ersan Ilyasova (illness). They then played the second half without forward Carlos Delfino, who left the game in the second quarter after he fell ...