“Those energy bursts, you don’t know when they’re going to happen,” Spoelstra said. “Those plays weren’t designed for [Andersen]. They were multiple-effort plays.”
Andersen finished 10 points and seven rebounds in less than 25 minutes and his Mohawk was so sharp and thin it resembled a circle saw sticking out of his head. Dwyane Wade had 16 points on 12 shots to go along with five assists, five rebounds and two steals and a blocked shot. Chris Bosh had 15 points seven rebounds. Allen had 20 points off the bench, going 6 of 13 from the field and 2 of 8 from three-point range. Allen also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in his Heat postseason debut.
Miami led 52-45 at halftime, scoring 26 points in each of the first two quarters. James and Bosh wowed the crowd in begin of the game with dunks and big plays but Jennings, the Bucks’ brash guard, grabbed the spotlight before halftime. He scored 18 points in the first half, maneuvering between the Heat’s defenders with quick cuts and an endless stream of pick and rolls.
Before the game, Jennings shrugged off attention created by his pre-series prediction of defeating the Heat in six games. The confident young Buck back up his big talk with a stellar if not dominant first half. A pair of driving layups by Jennings, sandwiching a free throw by Ellis, pulled Milwaukee within three points of the Heat’s lead with 2:27 remaining in the second quarter.
But the Bucks did get much offense beyond Jennings and Ellis, who finished with 22 points. Milwaukee shot 41.5 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three-point range (7 of 26).
“The first game is over with, so that’s the one everyone comes out and is nervous with,” said Jennings, who finished 26 points, going 8 of 20 from the field. “Now that we know what they’re about, we just need to play now.”