The Miami Heat took a 2-0 series lead over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks with their 116-114 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night all thanks to two clutch free throws from Jimmy Butler with no time remaining on the clock.
The win ensures the Heat remained undefeated in the 2020 NBA postseason.
It was much more of a team effort in Game 2 as opposed to in Game 1 where Butler led the way for the Heat with 40 points. With 23 points, Goran Dragic led seven Heat players — including all five starters — that scored in double figures.
It was the first time in Heat playoff history that seven players have scored in double-digits.
The Miami Heat now need to win just two more games to secure their first Eastern Conference finals appearance since 2014 — when they were led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but clearly his production wasn’t enough. As the NBA’s reigning MVP and his team’s best player, Antetokounmpo is going to get the most praise when the team plays well, and he’s going to get the most scrutiny when they struggle, as they have in this series.
The Bucks now find themselves 2-0 down in the series, and like we’ve all seen, it’s not an insurmountable one. They clearly don’t have time to hang their heads, as Game 3 is set for Friday night. Moving forward, the Bucks will need to tighten things up on the defensive end as well as figure out how to get some more easy looks for Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo has been good, but the Bucks will need more from him if they’re going to climb out of this 2-0 hole. Through two games, he’s averaging just 23.5 points per game in the series — six points below his season average.
Kudos to the Heat though. They have done a good job against him defensively, but he will still have to find a way to step it up a level. If Antetokounmpo is unable to up his production, the Bucks could be heading home from Orlando early.