The Miami Heat have already clinched the Eastern Conference's top seed, and they added to their insurmountable lead with a 94-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in a match-up likely to be reprised in the first round of the upcoming playoffs.
The Heat's 61st win tied a franchise record for wins in a season. Miami went 61-21 in the 1996-97 season.
Milwaukee is now 37-40, three games in the standings behind the No. 7-seeded Boston Celtics. Both teams have five games remaining after tonight. Milwaukee has clinched its spot in the playoffs no matter what happens in those final five games.
LeBron James, who sat out three games last week with a strained hamstring, was typical LeBron James on Tuesday. He finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and he also threw an alley-oop to himself at one point. (Hover over GIF to play.)
Dwyane Wade sat out his fifth straight game with a sore knee, and he's now missed seven of the Heat's last nine games. He'll make the trip to Washington for the Heat's game Wednesday against the Washington Wizards though, according to Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com. Chris Bosh sat out his second-straight game with flu-like symptoms.
The Heat held a 47-46 lead at halftime but began to pull away when they held Milwaukee without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch late in the third quarter.