Despite the early exit from Antetokounmpo due to a sprained ankle, the Milwaukee Bucks survive Game 4 with Khris Middleton leading the way.
The Miami Heat blew an opportunity to sweep the number one seed in the east as they were beaten 115-118 in overtime.
During the first half of the game, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered an ankle sprain after attempting to drive to the lane with Andre Iguodala defending.
He was efficient in this game as he was able to score 19 points in 11 minutes of playtime and shot two free throws before leaving the court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo re-injured his ankle and after shooting two free throws, left the court. pic.twitter.com/CUNpWnrVKH
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
Middleton’s 36 points mounted the comeback
Just when the fans thought that the Miami Heat would sweep the Bucks with taking advantage of Antetokounmpo’s absence, they would give up the lead later in the game.
The Bucks fought hard and they were able to lead by 2 at the end of the first half outscoring the Heat 28-17 in the second quarter.
After halftime, Middleton went to work with 21 points on the third quarter including 9 crucial points in overtime as he was able to close some big shots near the end of the game.
KHRIS MIDDLETON WITH ICE IN HIS VEINS! 🥶 pic.twitter.com/qfwD9FToSn
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 6, 2020
Khris Middleton almost had a triple-double that night as well adding 8 rebounds and 8 assists in 48 minutes of playtime.
The Heat went too comfortable after Giannis’ injury
Miami did not play a bad game either as Bam Adebayo almost got a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists. The rest of the Heat squad were in double figures, with Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scoring 17 each.
Duncan Robinson contributed 20 points while Jae Crowder scored 18 points. Tyler Herro scored 11 off the bench.
However, despite having a 3-1 lead, the Miami Heat aren’t out of the woods yet. Heat all-star Jimmy Butler told ESPN after that surprising loss:
“We didn’t deserve to win that game. We didn’t play our type of basketball. That play is just another play out of so many.”
The play that he was referring to was the clear foul that Eric Bledsoe on him during 1:44 left in regulation. However, Heat head coach Erik Spolestra did not challenge the call as he was also against the new rule before the season began.
If the Miami Heat loses this next game against a potentially undermanned Bucks team assuming Giannis doesn’t play the next game, then there is going to be a momentum shift to the Bucks team.
Khris Middleton and the rest of the squad need to step up if they want to win a championship this year. Now, the pressure is on the Milwaukee Bucks as they face an impossible mission moving forward: winning from a 3-0 deficit where no other team has done before.
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