The Milwaukee Bucks added an important victory with which to remember that, even in a somewhat irregular season, they are still the champions. The team from Wisconsin beat the Heat, current leaders in the East, 120-119 in a crazy finale, displaying their ability to survive to save a game that they had very much against during the entire final stretch. However, Budenholzer’s men ended up adding an important victory at the emotional level and that allowed us to intuit how hard a new series between the two teams could be for the third consecutive year.
While the gaps were never huge throughout the game, Miami slowly gained control in the second half, and with a strong fourth quarter start they began to pull away. Led by Tyler Herro, the best of his team with 30 points and 5 assists, the gap grew in favor of the Florida team, and an assist from the shooting guard allowed Gabe Vincent, author of 21 points, to score his fifth triple of the night and put the 99-113 in the electronic. This scoreboard, with which the last 6 minutes of the game were reached, invited us to think that the duel would fall on the visiting side, but the Bucks then began a comeback that caught locals and strangers by surprise.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, with several consecutive baskets, tried to give life to his team, and Jrue Holiday quickly took over to continue closing the gap. Both quickly led a 14-2 run that put Milwaukee just two points, but the Heat responded with Herro and Adebayo to prevent the locals from completing the feat for the time being. With 30 seconds left, away ball, and 115-119 on the scoreboard, everything seemed almost doomed, but then the real madness began.
On a somewhat sloppy pass, Herro fumbled a ball into the hands of Khris Middleton, who darted across the court and hit a transition 3-pointer that brought his team even closer with 13 seconds remaining. Far from missing, the Bucks then managed to force a jump ball between Jimmy Buttler and Antetokounmpo, who returned possession to his team and left the ball in the hands of Holiday. He crossed the court, went to the rim, used his strength to get rid of Vincent’s defense, and threw a floater over Adebayo to put his team ahead with 1.9 seconds remaining and leave the victory at the Fiserv Forum.