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Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals; Lakers down Rockets, up 2-1

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 8, 2020 at The Field House in Orlando, Florida. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP) MIAMI (AFP) — The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee 103-94 as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter against the league’s top defensive team. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points. Antetokounmpo — tipped to scoop a second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award this season — aggravated his sprained right ankle in the first half of the Bucks’ game-four overtime victory over the Heat. The Bucks declared him inactive less than an hour before tipoff on Tuesday. The loss of Antetokounmpo, who averaged career highs of 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season, was a huge blow for the Bucks, as they tried to do what no NBA team has done before: come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series. It’s the second straight campaign that the Bucks built the best regular-season record only to come up short in the playoffs. In 2019 they fell to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. The fifth-seeded Heat will face either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors for a place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics lead their series against the defending NBA champion Raptors three games to two. Butler, who added 10 rebounds and six assists and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line, said the Heat’s impressive 8-1 record so far in the playoffs means nothing now. “All of that is behind us now,” he said. “We’ll wait and see who we get out of Toronto and Boston and then we’ll lock in on that. “But it’s zero-zero now, we’ve got eight more to get.” The Heat trailed 28-19 after a chaotic first quarter in which they committed six turnovers leading to nine Bucks points. They trailed by as many as 13 in the first period, but settled down in the second, out-scoring the Bucks 33-18 to take a 52-46 lead into halftime. But Milwaukee, with Middleton leading the way, refused to go away. After going scoreless for more than six minutes in the third period the Bucks put together an 8-0 run to pull within five points. Trailing 73-65 going into the final period, the Bucks trimmed the deficit to four multiple times, but the Heat’s depth finally proved too much. “Obviously they missed their MVP,” Butler said. “But we knew we were going to have to get one out of the mud and I think this was the one.” Antetokounmpo said he felt “lost” as he was unable to contribute. “Mentally it was a battle, but at the end of the day you’ve got to trust your teammates and that’s what I decided to do,” he said after the Bucks medical staff persuaded him not to risk further injury by playing. LeBron leads Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, left, drives the ball against Ben McLemore #16 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 08, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AFP) In Western Conference action, LeBron James scored 36 points and Anthony Davis added 26 as the Los Angeles Lakers powered to the finish in a 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers grabbed a 2-1 series lead and James notched an NBA record 162nd career playoff win. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teams,” said James, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates and some great coaches.” James Harden scored 33 points with nine rebounds and nine assists and Russell Westbrook added 30 points for Houston in a back and forth battle that saw 16 lead changes. The Lakers’ reserves scored 42 points, with Houston’s only points off the bench the 16 of Jeff Green. Rajon Rondo, who scored 21 off the bench for Los Angeles, hit back-to-back three-pointers and came up with a steal and layup as the Lakers surged ahead with a 17-5 scoring run to start the fourth quarter. After putting up 64 points in the first half Houston scored just 38 in the second and the Lakers posted their second straight win of the series. There was a frightening moment in the fourth quarter, as Robert Covington and Davis collided as Davis rose for a rebound. Davis’s elbow appeared to hit Covington in head and he left the court holding a bloodied towel to his face, while Davis was hurting from Covington’s elbow in his side......»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phSep 9th, 2020

Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals

The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee, 103-94, as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter […] The post Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Heat oust Bucks to reach NBA East finals

Miami---The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee 103-94 as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

2020 NBA Champion doesn t deserve dreaded 'asterisk'

Take your asterisk and file it somewhere else. For former NBA champion Glen Rice, the winner of the 2020 NBA title will be a deserving one. It certainly shouldn't be subject to to any asterisks even as the NBA season was postponed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, the season delay and the fact that NBA teams had to be subjected inside the bubble for the duration of the playoffs plus an additional eight seeding games makes this year's champion all the more celebrated. "When you have what's going on around everyone, trying to maintain a safe lifestyle in the bubble, at the same time staying aware of what's going on outside the bubble and the nuances that can go as far as COVID creeping in there, if you can get champion out everything that's going on that's really easy to distract you from basketball, I think that's a huge plus for these guys," Rice said in an interview set up by NBA Philippines. "That just goes to show you how determined and focused they were," he added. The 2020 NBA Champion will be one of the few crowned during a season where teams played less than then 82 regular season games. The 2012 Miami Heat and 1999 San Antonio Spurs won their respective titles during lockout-shortened seasons. Still, those teams don't deserve asterisks shouldn't they? Do the 2019 Raptors deserve an asterisk because Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were injured in the last two games of the Finals? Do the mid-1990s Houston Rockets deserve an asterisk because Michael Jordan chose to play baseball? Each NBA champion will be unique in their own way, Rice says there should be no reason why the 2020 NBA winner should be looked at any differently just because of the current world circumstances. "I think you will see a lot of people saying something different, perhaps having that asterisk. But I think more importantly, people need to realize is that this is different and I'm talking about in a positive way," he said. "This is something that we've never seen in sports. To crown a champion in this environment right now, I think that says a lot about the players and coaches who go out there and do what they gotta do," Rice added. The 2020 NBA playoffs tip off Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers leading the East and West, respectively. The Bucks open round 1 against the Orlando Magic while the Lakers battle the Portland Trail Blazers. Defending champion Toronto Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets while the Boston Celtics meet the Philadelphia 76ers. The Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat complete the East bracket. In the Western Conference, the no. 2 Los Angeles Clippers open things up against the Dallas Mavericks. The Denver Nuggets take on division rival Utah Jazz while the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out in a best-of-7.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Antetokounmpo outduels Durant as Bucks oust Nets to reach East finals

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in a thrilling game-seven overtime on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2021

Heat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch. The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — while […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Butler, Heat oust league-best Bucks for East Finals berth

The Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face the winner of the Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors series......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Heat reach East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch. The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team Tuesday, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — while Antetokounmpo, the league’s […] The post Heat reach East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Davis, James power Lakers past Heat for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

Anthony Davis and LeBron James powered Los Angeles to a 124-114 victory over the Miami Heat that put the Lakers two wins away from their first NBA title since 2010. The injury-depleted Heat hung on as well as they could, but 33 points from James and 32 from Davis were just too much. Davis, playing in […] The post Davis, James power Lakers past Heat for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Philippine coaches divided on NBA Finals picks

Philippine coaches are split like East and West in casting their picks for the heavy favorites Los Angeles Lakers and the tough underdog Miami Heat in the looming classic NBA Finals starting Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Heat scorch Celtics, reach NBA Finals vs Lakers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team’s next title run. He’ll have that chance. The Heat are going to the NBA Finals — […] The post Heat scorch Celtics, reach NBA Finals vs Lakers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Heat scorch Celtics to reach NBA Finals clash with Lakers

The Miami Heat poured it on in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday and book a NBA Finals showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Lakers dismantle Rockets, head to West Finals

The Lakers clinched the wire-to-wire victory to claim the series in five games and reach the Conference Finals for the first time in 10 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

NBA ROUNDUP: Celtics oust Raptors; Nuggets stay alive

There will be a new NBA champion and the Denver Nuggets extended their season following NBA playoff games Friday in Orlando. BOSTON TROUNCES TORONTO, FACE HEAT IN EAST FINAL The Celtics dug deep to dethrone the Toronto Raptors 92-87 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 12th, 2020

Bucks clinch No. 1 in East; LeBron-less Lakers fall to Rockets

Behind 33 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, the Bucks battled from 23 points down against Miami to improve their record to a league-best 55-14 and clinch the No. 1 spot......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

Bucks oust Hawks to face Phoenix in NBA Finals

Khris Middleton poured in 32 points to power the Milwaukee Bucks into their first NBA Finals in over 45 years on Saturday with a series-clinching 118-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

Young steers Hawks past Bucks in East Finals& rsquo; Game 1

Washington---Atlanta’s Trae Young scored a career playoff high 48 points and the Hawks edged host Milwaukee 116-113 in Wednesday’s opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

Giannis carries Bucks to East finals

Los Angeles—Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in a thrilling game-seven overtime on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 20th, 2021

Butler, Heat beat struggling Lakers in NBA finals rematch

Los Angeles, United States—Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn combined for 51 points as the Miami Heat defeated reigning league champions the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time), in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Nets overpower depleted Lakers; Bucks stumble again

Brooklyn 109, LA Lakers 98 Toronto 110, Milwaukee 96 Miami 118, Sacramento 110 LOS ANGELES (AFP) – James Harden scored 23 points as the Brooklyn Nets blew away a depleted Los Angeles Lakers in a one-sided showdown between the Eastern and Western Conference heavyweights on Thursday. With Kevin Durant sidelined with a hamstring strain, Harden […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

Nets trip Bucks, Warriors stun Lakers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    NEW YORK (AFP) – James Harden scored 34 points and Kevin Durant’s 30 included the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute as the NBA’s new-look Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 125-123, on Monday. Harden, playing his second game for Brooklyn since arriving in a blockbuster trade from the Houston Rockets, added 12 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021