It was better, but still far from good enough. The Milwaukee Bucks dropped game two of their NBA first round playoff series to the Miami Heat 98-86 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Tuesday night. In game one, the Bucks played well for the first half but wound up losing by 23. In game two, Milwaukee trailed the Heat 68-65 heading into the fourth quarter. That's when Miami flipped the switch, opening the final quarter on a 12-0 run over 2:23 to make it 80-65. Dwayne Wade led Miami with 21, LeBron James added 19. Ersan Ilyasova topped the Bucks with 21 points, Mike Dunleavy had 16 and Larry Sanders added 14. After teaming for 48 points in game one, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for only 15 in game two. The series moves to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for game three on Thursday night.
Larry Sanders finished third in the voting for the NBA's most improved player. The award was given to Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.