The Heat bench (particularly Michael Beasley) enjoyed this one: After forcing a turnover to ignite a fast break, Mario Chalmers flipped an over-the-head alley-oop pass to LeBron James for an emphatic finish late in the first half of Tuesday's 118-95 victory against the Bucks in Miami.
"I was ready for whatever," James said after the game, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Once he threw the ball up there, I couldn't let him have a turnover, had to go get it."
James got the fourth quarter off after the Heat built an 85-62 lead. He finished with 33 points (on 13-of-21 shooting) for Miami, which hit 58.2 percent from the field in its most lopsided win of the season. Beasley chipped in 19 points off the bench and got into the alley-oop act off a feed from Dwyane Wade:
Before the game, James lamented the state of Miami's "terrible" defense
. The Heat responded by holding the Bucks to 35 percent shooting through three quarters, though Milwaukee played without Ersan Ilyasova
, Larry Sanders
, Luke Ridnour
and Carlos Delfino
. Caron Butler
was the only Bucks starter to crack double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.