With Wednesday’s fifth and deciding game in Milwaukee, the Heat can clinch the series and advance to the second round. The puck drops at 9:30 p.m. EDT in Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.
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What else can you do but marvel? Jimmy Butler had an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping performance on Monday night, scoring 56 points to lead Miami to a 119-114 come-from-behind victory.
The Heat currently have a 3-1 lead in the series and are primed to upset the No. 1 seeded Bucks in the first round.
Butler’s 56 points rank fourth all-time in an NBA playoff game. He scored 56 points while shooting 19 of 28 from the field and 15 of 18 from the free throw line. And he sank several big shots down the stretch to help the Heat rally from a 12-point hole with about 6 minutes left.
In the win, Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Caleb Martin had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo remain on the sidelines.
According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Bam Adebayo is anticipated to play in Game 5 on Wednesday due to a hamstring issue.
Adebayo strained his hamstring in Game 3 and was ruled out for Game 4. He finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes.
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The Milwaukee Bucks were looking well until the final few minutes of their game 4 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the game after missing the previous two due to a lower back injury suffered early in Game 1.
Despite signs of discomfort, the superstar striker played 38 minutes and should not be limited if he is activated on Wednesday.
And he looked like Giannis, with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. But then Jimmy Butler took over and delivered an all-time great performance as the Bucks blew a 101-89 lead with about 6 minutes left, leaving Miami stunned — and behind 3-1 in their first-round playoff series.
While Giannis is out with an injury, Khris Middleton continues to lead the Bucks. Of course, his role will be much reduced once Giannis returns, but the set is expected to continue. When the Heat lead the first series 3-1, this sizzling combo will assist the Bucks in overcoming challenges.