Milwaukee qualifies for Eastern semifinals after sweeping Miami

Dragic tries to stop Antetokounmpo during the Miami-Milwaukee game.

Milwaukee took revenge against Miami. The team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo eliminated their executioner last season. This time he gave her no choice. This Saturday he completed the sweep by winning 103-120 and putting the 4-0 that leaves the Miami squad in the lurch. The finalists and great animators of the playoffs that were played in the Orlando bubble, they hardly disturbed Milwaukee that, after winning the first game 109-107, rolled over in the next three and beat Miami by 34 points in the second, 29 in the third and by 17 in fourth.

Antetokounmpo was very content in the celebration: “It is a great moment for us after winning the team that eliminated us last season, but we have a long way to go.” The Greek player was the MVP in 2019 and 2020 and the Bucks finished first in the Eastern Conference in the regular season. But they did not respond to expectations and in 2019 they succumbed in the final of the Conference against Toronto 2-4 and, in 2020, they repeated the fiasco by losing in the semifinals of the Conference against Miami by 1-4. This season, the team led by Mike Budenholzer did not press as hard in the regular season and finished in third place in the East. He tried to focus the maximum energy so as not to fail in the playoffs. In the first round he has fully responded to his plan. Miami, which completed a fantastic final phase last season and only lost 4-2 to the Lakers in the final.

The Heat become the second team that with the current format of playoffs He goes from sweeping in the first round one year – he went 4-0 against Indiana – to being swept in the first round the next. Only Brooklyn had something like this happened when they swept the Knicks 4-0 in 2004 and were eliminated a year later by Miami for the same result.

The Bucks resolved Game 4 with 25 points from Brook Lopez, 22 from Forbes and Antetokounmpo’s first career triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. Middleton also had 20 points. Miami had 20 points and 14 rebounds from Adebayo and 18 from Nunn. Jimmy Butler added a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Heat star finished the series with a total of 19 baskets from 64 shots, the worst shooting series in his career.

Milwaukee will now have a bye week before facing in the conference semifinals the winner of the tie between Brookyn and the Celtics and dominated by the Nets 2-1.

Portland, 115; Denver, 115 (2-2)

Upcoming matches

Sunday 30th

Atlanta-Neva York (19.00, Atlanta dominates 2-1)

Lakers-Phoenix (21.30, 2-1 for the Lakers)

Early morning from Sunday to Monday

Celtics-Brooklyn (1.00, Nets dominate 2-1)

Dallas-Clippers (3.30, Dallas leads 2-1)

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