Milwaukee tied the series with a complete victory over Miami despite the absence of Antetokounmpo.
The Milwaukee Bucks won 138-122 in a game against the Miami Heat in the second round of the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference held at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 20th (Korean time). Milwaukee, who was hit by Miami in Game 1, succeeded in turning the series back to square one by winning Game 2.
Cruz Halladay led the team with 24 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds, and Brook Lopez scored 25 points and 4 rebounds. On this day, Milwaukee showed an even score distribution, with all five players scoring double-digit points. Even off the bench, Pat Connorton contributed 22 points and 4 rebounds, and Joe Ingles contributed 17 points and 4 assists to the victory.
On the other hand, Miami played hard with Jimmy Butler scoring 25 points and 3 rebounds and Bam Adebayo scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds.
On this day, before the game, a major bad news occurred in Milwaukee. The absence of the team’s ace, Giannis Antetokounmpo스포츠토토, was confirmed. Antetokounmpo, whose appearance was uncertain until right before the game, eventually decided to take a break, and as a result, Milwaukee caught two rabbits: victory and Antetokounmpo’s rest.
From the beginning of the game, Milwaukee dominated and drove. In the last game 1, Milwaukee, who had no control over Miami’s 3-point shot, showed a different look. Milwaukee thoroughly checked the 3 points of other players even if they allowed Butler to score. And in the attack, he used the height of Lopez to attack. Lopez scored 14 points in the first quarter alone and bombed Miami under the goal, and Halladay also scored 9 points to assist. The first quarter ended with Milwaukee leading 35-28.
In the second quarter, the game was virtually decided. Milwaukee pushed Miami harder and the perimeter guns fired. Milwaukee, which even bench players such as Pat Connorton and Joe Ingles joined in scoring, scored 46 points by making seven 3-pointers in the second quarter alone. Miami’s defense collapsed and Milwaukee played as they wished. In the middle of the second quarter, the score gap widened to 30 points. 81-55, Milwaukee definitely took the win.
Milwaukee’s 81 points in the first half is said to be the most points scored in the first half of the Milwaukee franchise playoffs.
In the second half, there was no reversal in Miami. Milwaukee’s 3-point shot did not cool off, and Miami’s offense and defense were stagnant. Ace Butler tried his best to chase, but every time he did, Milwaukee’s 3-point shot exploded and the momentum was dampened.
The two teams ended the game in the fourth quarter by giving their key players a break. It was a perfect revenge game for Milwaukee.
With the series tied at 1-1, the two teams will play Game 3 in Miami on the 23rd.