"I think we played good basketball in stretches," said Ellis, whose team finished with 10 offensive rebounds, all in the first half. "They're a great team. They capitalized on our mistakes. I think they were more aggressive towards the end. In the third and fourth, they never looked back."
The Bucks said coming into Game 1 that they would brace for Miami to come out flying, and the Heat more than delivered on that expectation. Miami scored on its first five possessions and after back-to-back scores at the rim by James — the first of those a vicious one-handed slam after Wade set him up on a 3-on-1 break — the Heat were up 21-8 early.
Milwaukee settled down quickly, getting within 26-24 at the end of the first, with Jennings scoring 10 in the period. And the Bucks hung around for the remainder of the first half, with Miami leading just 52-45 going into intermission.
"I thought in the first half we played with some good energy, had some good ball movement, created some turnovers and took advantage of that," Boylan said. "In the third quarter they came out a little bit more focused ... with a little more purpose, I think."
Ellis opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, getting the Bucks within four. Then came Miami's second big flurry of the night, and the Bucks had no more answers.
An 11-1 Heat run stretched the lead to 14, and Miami closed the quarter with seven straight points — James started that burst with a left-handed slam, then set up Andersen for another dunk. Another dunk by Andersen, this time when he soared in for a two-handed flush of a missed 3-pointer by Shane Battier, sent the building into overdrive, with people in the "White Hot" crowd waving their giveaway T-shirts in unison.
NOTES: Both teams practice in Miami on Monday. ... Miami outrebounded Milwaukee 22-9 after halftime. ... Rihanna was in attendance. ... Miami's bench outscored Milwaukee's reserves 43-25. ... Mason's game that compared with James' Game 1 stat line came for Charlotte against Orlando on Feb. 17, 1997, when he made all 11 of his shots and finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Before that, the last player with a game of at least 27-10-8 on no more than 11 shots was Doc Rivers — now the Celtics coach, who did it in both December 1986 and December 1987 as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.