The Milwaukee Bucks pulled out a gritty win against the Miami Heat to keep their season alive with a 118-115 OT victory. Early in the game Giannis Antetokounmpo kept the Bucks afloat, scoring 19 points in 11 minutes. However the Bucks still trailed when he went down with an ankle sprain due to poor shooting by the rest of the team. The MVP appeared to roll the same ankle he tweaked in game 3 and went down screaming in pain. ABC’s broadcast showed him in tears as he headed to the locker room with the help of trainers.
Without their star, multiple people had to step up for this not to be the end for the Bucks. Slowly but surely, the Bucks chipped away at their deficit and took a 48-50 lead into halftime. It seemed as if Giannis’ injury motivated the team more than we had seen up to this point in the series.
Bucks Grind it out in the Clutch
During the 3rd quarter, Khris Middleton set the Bucks’ franchise record for most points in a quarter in the post season as he scored 21 points. By the end of the game Middleton led all scorers with 36 points on 12-28 shooting, 3-7 from 3. Including a clutch 3 pointer late in the overtime period and late free throws.
Donte Divencenzo also contributed significantly, especially late in the game. Down 1 with 4 seconds left, Donte drove to the hoop and got fouled on a layup attempt. Although he missed the first free throw he came through in a very crucial moment and made the second one to tie the game late. Donte led all Bucks in the +/- category with a +22 during his 27 minutes on the court. Going forward hopefully Giannis gets healthy and the Bucks can play with the same spark they seemed to regain after his departure.
Game 5 is at 5:30 PM, Tuesday 9/8/2020 on TNT.