Rather than hijacking the offense in the absence of co-star Dwyane Wade, James was in facilitator mode early, finding the seams and dishing out to his teammates all over the floor. But after some shots didn't fall, James took over in the second quarter and tried to put the team on his back. However, it was too late, and James came up short in the fourth quarter again.
Wade sat out his fifth game of the season, and the Heat fell to 3-2 when he sits out. He is considered day-to-day.
The Heat could have used the aggressive version of Bosh. After lingering on the periphery for much of the game, he flaunted his inside-out game midway through the fourth quarter, abusing Drew Gooden on the block with footwork on one possession and then nailing a feathery jumper on the next. He was far too passive with his offensive attack when the Heat could ill afford it.
Jones got the call for the starting gig ahead of Mike Miller but he was upstaged by his 3-point shooting counterpart. Jones started off cold, missing two wide-open treyballs in the first few minutes, and never could get it going. What's worse, Jones got beat up by his defensive assignment for the majority of the night, John Salmons, who finished with 17 points.
The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs midgame with Indy's win, but they sure didn't look like they had nothing to play for. For one night, the Bucks forgot they were the league's worst offense and provided just enough punch from downtown to pull out the win. The Bucks came out slicing up the Heat's defense with crisp passes and purposeful attacks, and the Heat ultimately couldn't recover from the early 14-point deficit.