They might as well have allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to play Wednesday night's game at AmericanAirlines Arena with Ping-Pong balls.

That clearly is where their interest rests, maintaining their top overall seed in the NBA Draft lottery.

To a degree, that made Wednesday night's final score: Miami Heat 96, Bye 77.

"That team obviously isn't playing for anything now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "but you just don't want to give them life."

Shorthanded again, but with more than enough to complete the three-game season-series sweep, the Heat pushed their lead to 14 in the first quarter, 20 in the second, 21 in the third, and merely did what was required thereafter.

"We're playing good basketball right now," said forward LeBron James, who led the Heat with 17 points. "When we defend, we're a very, very good team."

Center Chris Bosh added 15 for the Heat.

"We know what's ahead of us," Bosh said, "and we know the habits we have to have down pat."

There was no need to rush Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Greg Oden back for this one, so the Heat didn't, with all three again not in uniform.

Instead, the Heat had more than enough, just as they did in Saturday's 88-67 victory in Milwaukee. As in that game, neither James nor Bosh were required in the fourth quarter.