The Bucks went on to defeat the Heat 113-98.
However, this particular 15-point win came with a bit of National Basketball Association history, as the Bucks actually trailed by 20 points after 24 minutes of action before an incredible charge following the halftime break.
Miami's lead was 62-42 at the half, and everything was working. When the All-Star returned with 5:51 to play, the Heat trailed 100-90 thanks to a 33-point night by Giannis Antetokounmpo and another 21 points from Middleton. The loss also drops the Heat three games behind the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets, who are tied for the No. 6 spot in the East after the Pistons' 111-97 win against the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Milwaukee outscored Miami 71-36 in the second half. Justise Winslow led the team in scoring with 16 points, Dion Waiters added 14 points while Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson each scored 13 points. Two days after the new starting five blew away Detroit with a 21-0 run in the third quarter Wednesday, the Heat rode its revamped group to a 25-8 start against the Bucks, who boast the best record in the National Basketball Association.
Milwaukee starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon (right heel soreness) played just six minutes and did not return.
Head to head, the home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Bucks are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Bucks are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Miami. As a team, the Heat shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the 3-point line, but this win was all about their defense in the third quarter where they held the Pistons to just eight points.
Wade got hurt late in the third quarter, grabbing at his right hip.
The Bucks gained control in the fourth quarter as the Heat struggled to find offense, outscoring Miami 34-18. He had to start the second half with Brogdon out. Miami signed guard Charles Cooke to a 10-day contract before the game. Only Phoenix has managed to do that so far in 2018-19.