For the first half of Saturday’s game with the Miami Heat, it looked like the Milwaukee Bucks might be the team we saw in Game 1 of their playoff series, rather than the team we saw in Game Two. and three. Fortunately, it was not. Milwaukee already held a 3-0 lead in the series, and no team in NBA history has wasted that lead, but there was heightened confidence seeing Milwaukee come back to win the series in four games.
Miami held a lead for most of the first half, but fell flat on their way back from the locker room, as Milwaukee passed the Heat with a solid third quarter. There was no going back from that point on. Milwaukee led for the final six minutes of the third quarter and held it through the fourth, thanks to an offensive rally from all over the field to result in a 120-103 victory.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his first playoff triple-double of his career, it looked like a calm game by his unrealistic standards. He finished with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds, but was just one of four Bucks to finish with more than 20 points. The only bench player to beat Giannis was Bryn Forbes, who continues to have a hot hand beyond the three-point arc, finishing with 22 points and shooting 7-14 three-pointers. All of his points, except for a free throw, came from behind the line. Forbes has been consistent on the bench when given the opportunity, but has really stepped up in this series, and hopefully throughout the playoffs.
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The sweep is only the fifth in Bucks history for a seven-game streak, the last taking place in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. The last before that was in 1983. Milwaukee will now play the series winner between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics, which will go to at least five games thanks to Boston’s 125-119 win on Friday night. The Bucks won’t have another game until at least June 5, giving them a week to recover and readjust before what is sure to be a tough Eastern Conference semi-final.