Seems, there was a purpose the Milwaukee Bucks weren’t fearful a couple of playoff rematch with the Miami Warmth in Spherical 1 this 12 months
MIAMI — Seems, there was a purpose the Milwaukee Bucks weren’t fearful a couple of playoff rematch with the Miami Warmth in Spherical 1 this 12 months.
The final 4 video games proved why.
Brook Lopez scored 25 factors, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double — 20 factors, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — and the Bucks grew to become the primary workforce to advance on this 12 months’s playoffs, beating the Warmth 120-103 on Saturday and ending off a four-game first-round sweep over final season’s Japanese Convention champions.
Bryn Forbes scored 22 factors, Khris Middleton had 20, Bobby Portis 13 and Jrue Vacation 11 for Milwaukee, which outscored Miami by 24 within the second half.
Bam Adebayo scored 20 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds for Miami, which obtained 18 factors from Kendrick Nunn, 14 from Tyler Herro, 13 from Goran Dragic and a triple-double — 12 factors, 10 rebounds, 10 assists — from Jimmy Butler.
The Warmth grew to become the second workforce on this playoff format to go from sweeping within the first spherical one 12 months to being swept within the first spherical the following. The one different workforce to endure that: the then-New Jersey Nets, who swept New York in 2004 and misplaced 4-0 to Miami in 2005.
As soon as Milwaukee grabbed the primary three video games, historical past stated the end result was inevitable. NBA groups with 3-0 collection leads are actually 141-0 all-time in these matchups, with these Bucks turning into the 88th of these groups to complete off issues with a sweep.
Their reward: per week off, at the least.
The third-seeded Bucks gained’t play once more till at the least subsequent Saturday. Their East semifinals collection in opposition to both second-seeded Brooklyn or seventh-seeded Boston will begin on June 5 if the Nets advance in 5 video games; in another situation, the Bucks will subsequent play on June 7.
After a pair of Milwaukee romps by a mixed 63 factors in Video games 2 and three, this one instantly took on a special really feel.
The Warmth — who led 9-2 shortly after the beginning of Recreation 1 and hadn’t loved even that a lot of a margin within the final 136 minutes and eight seconds of basketball main into the beginning of Recreation 4 — obtained the early leap. A pair of free throws by Duncan Robinson with 3:48 left within the opening quarter put Miami up 20-12, its greatest lead of the collection, and the Warmth margin would finally develop to as a lot as 12 within the first half.
But there have been indicators that the Bucks needed to like: Antetokounmpo was 1 for 7 with three fouls within the first half, Milwaukee had solely two factors off the primary seven Warmth turnovers, and regardless of all that, Miami’s lead was merely 64-57 on the break.
And, certain sufficient, the third quarter was all Milwaukee.
The Warmth couldn’t make something; they shot 8 for twenty-four within the quarter. Bobby Portis’ 3-pointer late within the third put Milwaukee up by 12, and the lead was 91-85 going into the fourth.
Bucks: Pat Connaughton began for Donte DiVincenzo, who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn tendon in his left ankle. … Milwaukee went 6-1 in opposition to the Warmth this season. Within the earlier 4 seasons mixed, the Bucks had been 6-13 vs. Miami. … Milwaukee is 12-1 in its final 13 first-round video games. … The Bucks are actually assured of receiving at the least $995,797 from the league’s $20.8 million postseason pool.
Warmth: Miami completed the season 40-36 total, the Fifteenth-best document within the franchise’s 33 seasons. … It was the primary time Andre Iguodala, a veteran of 33 playoff collection, endured a sweep. … This was the third consecutive season that the workforce coming off an NBA Finals loss didn’t win a postseason recreation. Cleveland missed the 2019 playoffs, Golden State missed the 2020 playoffs and this Warmth workforce obtained swept. … Miami will obtain $592,385 from the league’s postseason pool.
It was the fifth sweep of a best-of-seven collection in Bucks historical past, becoming a member of the 2019 first spherical (vs. Detroit), 1983 East semifinals (vs. Boston), 1974 Western Convention finals (vs. Chicago) and 1971 NBA Finals (vs. Washington). Miami misplaced a collection 4-0 for less than the second time, additionally falling within the 2007 first spherical vs. Chicago.
This was the primary collection since 2014 wherein Butler didn’t have at the least one 20-point recreation. He shot 19 for 64 on this matchup, by far the worst taking pictures collection of his profession.
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