Jimmy Butler scores 56 points and guides the triumph of Miami
With an exhibition of 56 points of Jimmy Butlerthe Miami Heat beat Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks 119-114 this Monday and advanced 3-1 in this first-round series of the playoffs in nba.
The Bucks, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, now need to win three straight games to avoid elimination against the Heat, who reached the playoffs in the playoffs.
Milwaukee came to dominate the Heat by 15 points, boosted by the return of Antetokounmpo who, after missing two games due to a back injury, signed a triple double of 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
But the return of the Greek star was completely overshadowed by the recital of Jimmy Butler, who put the Heat behind him until he achieved the maximum score by a franchise player in the playoffs.
The veteran shooting guard, who usually thrives in the postseason, kicked off the game with an astonishing 22-point first quarter and then led the Heat’s fast-paced comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks led 89-98 when Butler entered the field with eight minutes remaining. From that moment the locals went into combustion and, with 21 points from Butler in the last quarter, they turned the score around, unleashing euphoria among their 20,000 fans at the Kaseya Center.
The series now returns to Milwaukee for Game 5 on Wednesday.
The playoff day on Monday also provided the fourth game of the Western series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers, who dominate 2-1.