The Milwaukee Bucks were able to overcome a 23-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat, 130-116. The win puts the Bucks at 55-14 on the season and locks up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Khris Middleton scored 33 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.
In the first half, the Bucks were killed by turnovers and were ugly on the defensive end whether it was transition defense or not and the rotations were slow. The Heat also shot 13-of-25 (52%) from 3-point range in the first half.
The Bucks went on to outscore the Heat 74-33 in the second half, in large part to the defensive intensity being there.
If the Bucks draw the Heat in the playoffs, I feel like Pat Connaughton will draw the assignment of guarding Duncan Robinson. He’s just better suited for the chase.
It was good to see the Bucks close the game out tonight in a big way after not being able to hold late leads against the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets the two games prior.
The Bucks are next in action on Saturday where they’ll take on the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 PM (CT) and will be aired on ESPN.