Bucks rout short-handed Heat 124-102 without Antetokounmpo

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Milwaukee Bucks' Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) hangs from the rim after dunking over Miami Heat's Max Strus during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pat Connaughton made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avenged an embarrassing loss from the second game of the season, beating the Miami Heat 124-102 despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee led by as many as 31 points in the second half against a depleted Heat team missing Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo due to injuries. Antetokounmpo sat out with a right calf injury. The Heat routed Milwaukee 137-95 in Miami earlier in the season but the Bucks dominated this time behind Khris Middleton, Connaughton and Jrue Holiday.