Heat Win Again In Overtime To Eliminate Top-Seeded Bucks

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Heat Win Again In Overtime To Eliminate Top-Seeded Bucks

On Wednesday night, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Bucks and the Miami Heat was played. Jimmy Butler scored 42 points, and the Heat staged a second consecutive stunning fourth-quarter rally before winning 128-126 overtime. This victory completed an upset of the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the series.

Two nights after outscoring the Bucks 30-13 in the last six minutes of a 119-115 win in Miami, the Heat mounted another big comeback and tied the game on Butler’s layup with half a second remaining in regular time on the clock.

With their victory, Miami became the sixth No. 8 seed to take out a No. 1 seed. The most recent time this occurred was in 2012 when a Philadelphia 76ers squad that included current Bucks player Jrue Holiday took advantage of a knee injury sustained by Derrick Rose to defeat the top-seeded Chicago Bulls. Jrue Holiday is now playing for the Bucks.

After completing their series victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 earlier on Wednesday, the fifth-seeded New York Knicks will now face the second-seeded Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The first game will be played on Sunday in New York.

With 4 minutes and 44 seconds remaining in overtime, Bam Adebayo gave the Heat a lead they would not relinquish by dunking on a putback of Butler’s failed driving layup attempt. Grayson Allen was going to the basket with the ball for the Bucks when they were down 128-126, but time ran out before he could take a shot as he approached the rim. The Bucks ultimately lost the game.

Twenty points, ten rebounds, and ten assists were Adebayo’s stat line for the game. Gabriel Vincent contributed an additional 22 points.

Even though he only made 10 of his 23 tries from the free throw line, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 38 points and 20 rebounds in this game. Khris Middleton contributed an additional 33 points.

After three quarters, Milwaukee had a 102-86 lead but shot only 5 of 25 from the floor combined in the fourth quarter, overtime, and the extra period.

The Heat matched the score twice in the last minute of the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee regained the lead when Middleton hit both of his free throw attempts with 27.8 ticks remaining in the game.

After then, things took a turn for the more intriguing.

After using their timeout, the Heat inbounded the ball to Butler, who then attempted a 3-point shot with 18 seconds remaining, but it was unsuccessful. Holiday scored two free throws with 14 seconds left on the clock to make it a four-point game. Vincent hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left on the clock to trim the advantage to one point.

As Holiday attempted to throw the ball to Khris Middleton in the Bucks’ backcourt, the pass was off-target, and Middleton could not catch it. It was first deemed that Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry committed a foul while chasing for a lost ball; however, the Heat successfully appealed the decision, and it was reclassified as a jump ball.

Brook Lopez then tipped the ball to Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose pass was about to go out of bounds until Middleton stepped in and recovered it for Holiday. Holiday was fouled with 2.1 seconds remaining, and he missed the first of his two attempts at a free throw before making the second attempt, which brought the score to 118-116.

When the Heat called timeout, Vincent stepped in front of the Bucks bench and delivered inbounds pass to Butler, who was waiting beneath the hoop to make the shot that would tie the game. Butler made the layup, and the Bucks tied the game.

TIP-INS

During a break in the second quarter, Udonis Haslem of the Heat and Bobby Portis of the Bucks got into a verbal altercation, which resulted in Haslem receiving a technical foul from the Heat bench. The win was Erik Spoelstra’s 100th postseason victory of his coaching tenure. Spoelstra’s 99 victories tied him with Red Auerbach for sixth place on the all-time chart, while the 100th victory allowed him to equal Larry Brown for fifth place on the list. The Heat have already taken a commanding lead over the Bucks in the semifinal series, leading 3-1. The Heat were victorious in the first-round series they played in 2013 and 2020, but they were defeated in the first-round series they played in 2021.

Wesley Matthews made his first appearance for the Bucks since he suffered a right calf injury in the series’ first game. Matthews, when asked about the anguish of missing three playoff games, stated following a shootaround on Wednesday morning that “tough” was probably a massive understatement of how difficult the situation was. The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the first time since 2018 when they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in seven games while holding the seventh seed.

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