Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Playoffs in the first round between the Milwaukee Bucks (MIL) against the Miami Heat (MIA) on May 23, 2021 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Fiserv Forum.
The Milwaukee Bucks overpowers the Miami Heat and was led by Khris Middleton as he hit a dagger shot with .5 seconds remaining to break a tie between both teams in overtime. At the end of the game, Middleton tallied 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists after playing for 45 minutes for the Bucks.
“I have confidence in myself,” Middleton shared. “You miss a lot of shots. You make a lot of shots. You just have to trust all the work you put in during the season and practice.”
Last year, the number one seed of the eastern conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, got defeated 4-1 by the Miami Heat in the second round.
“The pressure was all on them,” said Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat after an intense game in the Fiserv Forum. “They need to win at home. It was a close game. I feel like we had our chances, but unfortunately, we didn’t take them.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied an incredible double-double performance, scoring 26 points, collecting 18 huge rebounds, and had 3 steals to end the game. The two-time MVP also wore a sleeve on his left arm in the last moments of the game after appearing to hold his elbow in the fourth quarter.
“I just tried to stay aggressive the whole game,” said the speedy forward of the Bucks. “That’s what I’m going to try to do the whole series, miss or make.”
The Bucks could not contain the aggressiveness of Jimmy Butler as he tied the game to force overtime after he drove to the cup and scored a lay-up. Butler recorded 17 points, ten rebounds, and eight dimes, finishing the game with versatility.
The Heat played decently against the Bucks throughout the game, but it was not enough to beat them. Duncan Robinson, the sharpshooter of the Heat, concluded the game with efficiency from beyond the three-point arc, hitting 7 out of his 13 looks. Overall, Robinson had 24 points while playing for 36 minutes.
The veteran, Goran Dragic, who came off from the bench, tallied 25 points and 5 three-point shots. One of those three-point shots was from the corner to tie the game with 20.6 remaining in overtime.
After that tying, crucial shot from the opposing team, Middleton waited patiently as the clock runs down and drove towards the charity stripe and hit a tough fadeaway over the outstretched arms of Robinson.
“In that situation, you’ve got to make somebody miss,” Robinson shared after that tie-breaking shot from Middleton. “Could it have been better? For sure. I will be. I’ll learn from it. This obviously stings a lot, but we’ve got to have a short memory — learn from it and move forward.”
Jrue Holiday added 20 points for the Bucks but missed all of his 5 three-point looks.
“We don’t need 3’s to win,” Holiday shared after the game. “We do a lot of everything.”
The Milwaukee Bucks leads 1-0 against the Miami Heat. The series will resume on Tuesday at 7:30 AM for Game 2 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Bucks vs Heat
24-22; 26-31; 28-27; 21-19; 8-10
Bucks (109) – Middleton 27, Antetokounmpo 26, Holiday 20, Lopez 18, Portis 8
Heat (107) – Dragic 25, Robinson 24, Butler 17, Adebayo 10H, Herro 10