The NBA’s ‘8th seed’ Miami Heat defeated the ‘1st seed’ Milwaukee Bucks to advance to the second round of the playoffs (PO).
Miami defeated Milwaukee 128-126 after extra time in Game 5 of the 2022-23 NBA Eastern Conference PO Round 1 (4 wins from 7 games) held at the FiServ Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 27th (Korean time). Miami produced a surprise by catching Milwaukee, who ranked first in the Eastern Conference (58-24) and ranked first in the NBA overall win rate. It is the 6th time in NBA history that the 8th seed has beaten the 1st seed.
Miami went into the fourth quarter trailing by 86-102, 16 points. Miami forward Jimmy Butler (34, USA) made a 3-point shot 1 minute and 20 seconds before the end when the score was drawn 107-109, followed by a 2-point shot. In particular, a pass came from the sideline 2.1 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter, which was trailing 116-118. 0.5 seconds before the end, Butler succeeded in an alley-oop shot from under the goal despite a difficult position, leading the game to overtime.
Butler led the win with 42 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists that day. Butler is averaging 37.6 points from PO this season, including driving in 56 points, the most in one PO game in Miami’s history, in Game 4. Butler, who also played for the Chicago Bulls, has a similar appearance to Michael Jordan, but in this PO, he plays a play that reminds him of Jordan. On the other hand, Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 38 points and 20 rebounds, but it was not enough. It was painful to miss the 2nd and 3rd games earlier due to a back injury.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Miami will face the New York Knicks in the second round after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1. In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors won the Sacramenta Kings 123-116 in the 5th game away and won 3 consecutive wins after 2 losses. Golden State Stephen Curry scored 31 points.