The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks returned to the starting point in the playoffs (PO) despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury.
Milwaukee won 138-122 in the 2022-2023 NBA PO Eastern Conference Round 1 (4 wins in 7 games) against the Miami Heat held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 20th (Korean time).
Milwaukee, who lost 117-130 in the first game, finished their two home matches with one win and one loss and headed to Miami, where the third and fourth games would be held.
Antetokounmpo먹튀검증, who left due to a back injury during the first game, could not stand on the court this day, but Milwaukee played a dominant game that did not miss the lead they had taken from the beginning of the first quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, Joe Ingles’ three consecutive points widened the gap to 34 points.
It was effective in raising the 3-point success rate from 24.4% in the first game to 51%. Milwaukee threw 49 3-pointers on the day and succeeded in tying the NBA PO record with 25.
Brooke Lopez, who scored 25 points, and Georges Halladay, who scored 24 points, shared Milwaukee’s victory, while Ingles, who scored 17 points, including 5 3 points, also stood out.
Jimmy Butler of Miami, who scored 35 points in the first game and became the main character of the victory, did his part by shooting 25 points that day as well, but swallowed regret at the defeat.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee manager Mike Budenholzer said, “We continue to monitor Antetokounmpo’s physical condition and continue to be optimistic that he will be able to play soon.”
Conversely, Miami’s three-point agent Tyler Hiro is certain to be out of the season unless the team advances to the championship game, according to the Associated Press. Hiro suffered a fractured right hand in Game 1.
In the Western PO held in Memphis, Tennessee, the Memphis Grizzlies made up for the injury void of team ace Jar Merant and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-93.
This balances the series with 1 win and 1 loss.
With the decision to miss Merant due to a bruised right hand made only an hour before the start of the game, Xavier Tillman led Memphis’ victory by scoring a “career-high” 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Lakers fell behind, producing five turnovers in the first quarter, and were unable to bridge the gap.
Lakers LeBron James’ record of 28 points and 12 rebounds, the highest for both teams, faded in defeat.
The No. 1 seed in the West, the Denver Nuggets won Game 2 against the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.