The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Miami Heat 118-115 in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals to avoid a sweep. Small forward Khris Middleton led all the scorers with 36 points and also added 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had to leave the game in the first quarter due to an ankle sprain and was ruled out later after a scan.
The NBA players were on the edge of their seats while watching this showdown between the two Eastern Conference rivals. Let's take a look at how the players reacted on Twitter to this overtime thriller -
Rookie of the Year Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant was quite active on Twitter while the match was going on. He expressed his disappointment on Giannis' injury and applauded fellow rookie Tyler Herro's clutch performance. He was also in awe of Khris Middleton' brilliant shooting in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Milwaukee Bucks overcome the tenacious Miami Heat in OT thriller
The Milwaukee Bucks trailed the Miami Heat for most of the game and were on the verge of getting swept but Khris Middleton took the matter in his own hands in the second half of the game. He shot incredibly well throughout the game and also picked out his teammates through his penetrative passing. Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez also had healthy contributions for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Miami Heat could not take advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo missing three quarters of the game. They played well but succumbed to a gritty Milwaukee Bucks team. Centre Bam Adebayo was exceptional on the night, scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks will now play game five, and it would be interesting to see if the Erik Spoelstra's will be able to close out this series. All eyes will be on Giannis Antetokoumpo's return. If Antetokoumpo misses game five, Miami Heat will be the favourites to win the game and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.Published 07 Sep 2020, 04:46 IST