The Rundown: Bucks stun Heat, Harden dazzles in home debut

Published March 3, 2022, 1:30 PMRenee Ticzon

The Bucks pulled off a comeback win against the Heat, while James Harden notched a near triple-double in his first game in Philly.



Hornets 119, Cavaliers 98
Pacers 122, Magic 114
76ers 123, Knicks 108
Jazz 132, Rockets 127
Bucks 120, Heat 119
Pelicans 125, Kings 95
Thunder 119, Nuggets 107
Suns 120, Trail Blazers 90

What went down

Comeback complete. The Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to snap the Miami Heat’s four-game winning streak with a 120-119 victory.

Milwaukee’s Big 3 came up big during different stretches of the game. Khris Middleton kept the Bucks alive in the first half where he made 21 of his 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo came up big in the fourth quarter, scoring the team’s first 10 points of the period en route to a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. Jrue Holiday also contributed 25 points, including the last shot that sealed the comeback win, and 11 assists.

The Heat, who were led by Tyler Herro’s 30 points, were up by four entering the fourth and they stretched the lead to 14 with six minutes remaining. But the Bucks went on an  8-0 run, with Antetokounmpo hitting four clutch free throws to bring them within striking distance.

The teams were separated by just one point with 13.5 seconds left. Gabe Vincent narrowly escaped a five-second violation by calling a timeout with a split second remaining. The Heat eventually got the ball on the floor but Bam Adebayo was met by Antetokounmpo who forced a jump ball.

Antetokounmpo won the jump to give the Bucks an extra possession. Holiday made the game-winning layup as Milwaukee ended the game with a 21-6 run. 

Big-time baller

The bottom-ranked Houston Rockets went into overtime the fourth-seeded Utah Jazz. They didn’t get the win but they stayed competitive and that’s exactly what a young team on the rise needs.

Jalen Green came up with 27 points while shooting 11-of-16 from the field, including four 3-pointers. He was accompanied by fellow young guns Christian Wood and Kenyon Martin Jr., who had 27 and 20, respectively.

What he said

James Harden finally played his first game in Philly, receiving a warm welcome from a passionate home crowd.

 “It was a movie, everything I expected it to be,” said The Beard.

The 76ers put on a show as they dominated the struggling New York Knicks. Harden nearly made a triple-double as he finished with 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The 76ers are now on a four-game winning streak and are third in the Eastern Conference.

Did you see that?

A little effort down the stretch can go a long way, right Mo?