Another match. Another blowout.

The Milwaukee Bucks have an opportunity to sweep the Miami Heat from the playoffs, and they are making the job of dispatching the reigning Eastern Conference winners seem really straightforward.

Khris Middleton scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday additional 19 points and 12 assists and the Bucks took a 3-0 lead within their East first-round show having a 113-84 success in Miami on Thursday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended with 17 points and 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which may complete the sweep and continue in the East semifinals with a win Saturday afternoon.

“The past two games have not been simple,” Antetokounmpo explained. “Obviously, we’re up 30, but it is not simple. … I will say this: I will state by us doing our job, I am surprised that we are in a position to win a match since after we concentrate on ourselves, play together, have fun and be hard, great things will take place. And in these games, very good things have happened .”

Miami has lost three matches by 29 points or more this year — against Milwaukee, two of these at the previous two matches of the collection. The Bucks held prospects of 51 and 36 points from Miami in matches before this year; the margin obtained to 32 on Thursday night.

And like Milwaukee needed another advantage, there is this: No staff in NBA history has squandered a 3-0 series lead.

“We are not concerned about that. We control what we can control, and that is how we perform, that is the way we prepare, how we compete,” Miami forwards Jimmy Butler stated. “Not too stressed about what history states and all that fantastic stuff, but we have got our work cut out for us.”

Nemanja Bjelica — little-used by Miami this year, subsequently called upon Thursday from despair for any type of outside shooting — scored 14 points.

Milwaukee outrebounded Miami 56-41, held the Heat to 38% shooting and became the first team to high Miami by 29 points twice at exactly the exact same playoff series. And that is following the Bucks beat Miami from 47, in Miami, back in December.

“We have got to continue to operate,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer explained. “They have a lot of weapons on the opposing side. They do a good deal of items that are tough to guard. Defensively, our attention, our attention to detail has to remain high.”

The largest Miami audience of the year, by much — 17,000 at a building which in pre-pandemic times known as 19,600 that a sellout — revealed, the majority of them in their chairs by tip-off, trusting they would observe the beginning of a turnaround.

In the greatest game of the season, they found Miami’s slowest start of this year.

The Heat managed just eight points from the game’s first nine minutes, the fewest they handled in this game-opening interval since last August along with also the fewest to start a match on their home ground since Nov. 14, 2018.

It had been 26-14 Milwaukee after a quarter, then the lead swelled to up to 19 — 44-25 late in the moment before obtained to 49-36 in the half. That matched the fewest points allowed from the Bucks in a first half in over three decades.

“They are making shots and they are making hard ones,” Adebayo said. “Along with the ball will not go in for us.”

The margin swelled to 27 from the next quarter. Over just a few of these 17,000 fans did not stick around a lot longer.


Heating: NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and rapper Flo Rida were a part of this audience. … Not only were the Heat offering fans the opportunity to receive their first dose of this Moderna vaccine in the match, but farther afield it by providing 10 percent off purchases in the team shop. … Heat lovers, aware that Antetokounmpo was called to get a 10-second breach on a free throw in Game 1, cried a moments rely upon his own foul shots in the fourth quarter.


Miami directed more of Game 1 than Milwaukee failed; the Heat were forward for just over 22 minutes, the Bucks just over 21 minutes. Ever since that time, it has been Milwaukee. From a potential 96 moments in Games 3 and 2, Milwaukee has headed for 93 minutes, 49 minutes; it has been tied to 1:54 along with the Heat have headed for a total of 17 minutes.


That is Miami’s first 3-0 series deficit since a first-round matchup from Boston at 2010. The Heat lost that series in five matches and have not been trapped because the 2007 first round against Chicago.

No ownership noticed Milwaukee’s rebounding dominance more evident that you late in the first quarter, one where the Bucks got four offensive boards prior scoring.

Of the existing Heat players, just Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem stay from that group. They did not make the playoffs at 2017 or 2019, were 0-2 at home in exactly the 2018 playoffs and were not at home for last year’s run to the NBA Finals.