Udonis Haslem set the Heat’s all-time rebounding record on Wednesday. Fittingly, the Heat played its first overtime game of the season to make the special memory last a little longer.
The Heat defeated the pesky Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 at AmericanAirlines Arena on a night Haslem passed Alonzo Mourning in the record books. Haslem finished with eight boards to give him 4,814 for his career. The Heat (9-3) outscored the Bucks 15-8 in overtime.
“It puts a dark cloud over the whole moment if we don’t win the game,” Haslem said. “My whole focus was to win the game and now I can kind of celebrate with my family and friends tomorrow.”
Offensively, four players did all the work for Miami. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen combined to score 97 points. The victory tied the Heat for its best start to a season in franchise history. Miami is 5-0 at home.
Allen, who finished with 17 points, swished his third three-pointer of the game with 1:07 left to put the Heat ahead 109-100. Miami began overtime with an 11-2 run.
“Tonight was one of those nights when we all had it going,” James said. “But we love production from wherever we can get it from and we don’t care how we get it done, we just want to get it done.”
Allen’s three-pointer with a 2:49 left in regulation gave the Heat a three-point lead but the Bucks battled back with an inside basket from John Henson and a three-point play by Mike Dunleavy.
The Bucks (6-4) took a 98-96 lead with 47 seconds left when Ekpe Udoh hit a clutch eight-foot jumper but James answered with layup to tie the game with 26 seconds to play. Wade provided the defensive pressure on the Bucks’ final possession of regulation, a miss from 21 feet by Ellis. Ellis then blocked Wade’s attempt to win the game at the buzzer.
James and Wade both finished with 28 points. For Wade, it was his first game back after spraining his ankle during the Heat’s road trip. He had six points and five turnovers against the Clippers before missing two straight games. Against the Bucks, he had six points early in the first quarter and finished the period with 10.
“I just want to come back and be aggressive and get back into the rhythm that I was in before I starting getting banged up,” Wade said. “This was a step in the right direction.”
The Heat scored the first six points in overtime to take a 104-98 lead. Wade started the scoring with a 21-footer from the top of the key and James followed with a nifty move inside for a layup. Bosh followed with a pair of free throws.
James was 11 of 21 from the field and had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Wade’s 28 points came on 11 of 21 shooting. Bosh had 24 points, going 9 of 14 shooting, and had 18 rebounds, a high with the Heat.
The Bucks shot 17.2 percent (5 of 29) from three-point range. Guard Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 19 points while shooting guard Monta Ellis was held to nine points on 16 shots. The Heat had 25 assists but committed 17 turnovers and shot 47.4 percent from the field and 44.4 percent (8 of 18) from three-point range.
Haslem set the rebounding record with 2:38 left in the second quarter. The crowd gave him a standing ovation during the next timeout and a commemorative video played to mark the moment. Haslem is the first undrafted player to hold a franchise record in rebounds. He is also the only current rebound leader among NBA teams to hold the record for his hometown team.
“I couldn’t imagine anything being better than achieving this goal at home in my hometown and winning the game as well,” Haslem said.
Before the game, the Heat’s players and coaches honored Haslem with a special moment in the locker room, breaking their huddle with “1, 2, 3, U.D.”
“We wanted to congratulate him brother and brother and heart to heart,” Spoelstra said. “He really had to work for those two rebounds and then next two dropped into his stands.”
James chucked up a three-pointer with 3:55 left cut the Bucks’ lead to two points. The basket came amid a 12-2 run by the Heat, which brought it back from a nine-point deficit with 6:29 to play.
The Heat led by 18 points early in the second quarter but gave it all back by halftime. Milwaukee ended the first half with a 16-2 run and trailed 46-44 when Bucks center Samuel Dalembert made a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in the half. It was Dalembert’s first three-pointer of the season.
“It was more of a relaxation of the mind,” Spoelstra said of the Bucks’ second-quarter run.