The Miami Heat made history Friday night becoming the first team to take a 3-0 series lead over the one seed in the eastern conference semifinals when they won game 3 115–100 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Much like in game one, Jimmy Butler took over again in the fourth for the still undefeated Miami Heat, scoring 17 of his 30 points in the final frame. Jae Crowder added 17 and Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Brook Lopez led the Bucks with 22, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists, and Khris Middleton added 18.
The Bucks find themselves in a 3-0 hole, one no team has ever climbed out of to win a series. It was a collapse of epic proportions in the 4th quarter as the Bucks let a 12 point lead disappear on their way to being outscored by a staggering score of 40-13. The Heat absolutely took over down the stretch, ending the game on a 15-1 run. The Milwaukee Bucks went cold in the fourth quarter again in what amounts to the most important game in their season.
Giannis appeared to injure his ankle early in the first quarter and was seen grimacing on several plays throughout the game. That won’t help to quiet the critics however after he was unable to lead his team to a victory for the third straight game. The comparisons to Butler won’t help his case either, as the Heat star took over again for Miami in the 4th.
It started early in the fourth with the Bucks leading by double figures, as Miami got back to back threes from Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic to cut the deficit to 4. After that, Butler and the Heat made a concerted effort to be aggressive and attack the rim. The strategy worked as Miami spent the last 7:16 in the bonus and got to the free throw line 19 times in the 4th. For the game Jimmy Butler alone made 14 free throws and the Heat were an efficient 27-34 from the charity stripe.
The Heat are now one game away from a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals, and are 7-0 in these playoffs. Milwaukee has hardly played like the number one overall seed, and their season is on the brink down 3-0. The Bucks will look to stave off elimination in game 4 Sunday, as the Heat will look to secure their second straight sweep and upset the top seed in the East.
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