The Milwaukee Bucks have secured the no.1 spot in the Eastern Conference, after coming back from a 23-point deficit to down a short-handed Miami Heat outfit on Friday morning.
Despite not having Jimmy Butler, the Heat were red-hot in the first half of their match-up, scoring 73 points through two quarters of action. Duncan Robinson (21 points) continued his outstanding shooting season, pouring in five triples, not a feat to be sneezed at considering the Bucks’ formidable defensive record this season.
The start of the second half saw a change of fortune for Milwaukee, though, as Khris Middleton got his shot going to lead the fightback. Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo (despite his foul troubles), led the way with 33 points apiece. They found willing support in Brook Lopez (17 points) and Eric Bledsoe.
The fourth quarter would send a warning signal to the Bucks’ Eastern Conference rivals, too. The Heat led by six with about 11 minutes to go in the term, before the Eastern Conference champs put the clamps on, going on an 11-0 run, before eventually outscoring the Heat by 20 in just 12 minutes of action to secure a comfortable win.
It was the Miami Heat’s first loss to the Bucks this season.