The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat gave us a possible taste of an NBA playoff thriller last night in Milwaukee. The Bucks came away 120-119 winners thanks to a Jrue Holiday floater with 2 seconds to go. 

Miami came into this game on the back of a four-game winning streak dating back to the All-Star Break. This week presents a real litmus test for Miami because after playing the Bucks, the Nets and Sixers come next. 

Milwaukee’s  Performance 

Despite the fact that Milwaukee had been going through a bit of a rough patch, it still helps to have the two-time MVP on your team. Giannis got off to a rough start by getting into foul trouble rather quickly. He picked up two fouls in the first five minutes and had to sit the bench for most of the first quarter. The Bucks stayed in the game, largely thanks to the consistency of Khris Middleton and their effective outside shooting. The three point shots kept draining for the Bucks and by the second quarter they had hit eight three pointers. 

Milwaukee opened up a lead but the Heat came fighting back through Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. The duo caught fire from downtown to close the gap and even take the lead. Robinson made five of six threes in the first half while Herro delivered 15 points in the second quarter. Giannis may not have been at his absolute best but he finished the game with 28 points and 17 rebounds. The Heat continue to top the east but have a tough run of fixtures coming up and will be looking to bounce back. 

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Elsewhere in the NBA 

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Knicks 123-108  to extend their winning run to four straight games. Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey all posted 20+ points. The Sixers welcome the Cavs next in what is expected to be a thrilling game.