Holiday culminates the Bucks’ comeback against Miami

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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.

The base thus reached 25 points, combining with Giannis and Middleton for a total of 79 between the three. In addition, Jrue managed to distribute 11 assists, signing a double-double that he could not finish off in a better way.

“We have done things like this before. Against Boston at Christmas we lost by 13 with 5 minutes left and we ended up coming back »recalled Antetokounmpo, who finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. “In the end, when you’re desperate to win, these things happen. There are plays in which you hit by instinct.

The end, however, was not without controversy, as Erik Spoelstra considered that Giannis could have missed Butler in the action in which he forced the jump between two. The Greek was a little late in his attempt to cut off the pass and contacted the forward, who fell to the ground making it easier for the Bucks player to get his hands on the ball, but the referees chose not to point out anything.

“I’m not going to start cracking down on the referees, but I’m really surprised that they didn’t call a foul on Jimmy,” said the coach. «We had several opportunities to close the game, especially with the advantage in the last quarter, but sometimes these things happen. I haven’t seen it again yet, but from my perspective I didn’t understand how it couldn’t have been a foul.”

(Cover photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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