The Scotsman

Bucks keep the heat on Mi­ami de­spite in­jury blow

- By NICK FREESTONE Sports · College Sports · Basketball · NBA Basketball · Milwaukee Bucks · Miami · Milwaukee · Miami Heat · National Basketball Association · Giannis Antetokounmpo · Milton Keynes · Jimmy Butler · Western Conference (NHL) · Los Angeles Lakers · Los Angeles · Houston Rockets · LeBron James

The Milwaukee Bucks may have lost their great­est weapon but they have kept their sea­son alive with a 118-115 over­time vic­tor y against the Mi­ami Heat.

Reign­ing NBA Most Valu­able Player Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo took no fur­ther part after ag­gra­vat­ing his right an­kle in­jury in the first half, prompt­ing fears the Bucks would tum­ble out of the play-offs with Mi­ami al­ready lead­ing the best-of-seven se­ries 3-0.

Milwaukee re­sponded with vigour, though, par­tic­u­larly from Khris Mid­dle­ton, who rained buck­ets to snatch 36 points, in­clud­ing nine of Milwaukee’s 11 in over­time.

The Bucks tri­umphed late on Sun­day–with Mi­ami for­ward Jimmy But­ler say­ing af­ter­wards that his side “didn’t de­serve to win” as they failed to take ad­van­tage of An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s de­par­ture – but they will now have to be­come the first NBA team to rally from 0-3 to win a se­ries if they wish to progress.

The team said An te tok­oun­mpo, pic­tured, will get in­ten­sive treat­ment on the an­kle. Mid­dle­ton added: “His an­kle’s al­ready in bad shape and he still went out there, first and sec­ond quar­ter, how­ever long he was out there, giv­ing his all.

As a team, you can do noth­ing but re­spect your team-mate for giv­ing his all. We had to have his back tonight.”

Mov­ing across to the Western Con­fer­ence, An­thony Davis top-scored for the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers as they hit back to record a 117-109 win over the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

Davis had 36 points and ten re­bounds while Lebron James net­ted 28 points and 11 re­bounds, with their side mov­ing to 1-1 in their se­ries against the Rock­ets.

“We’re at our best when he’s in at­tack mode,” Lak­ers coach Frank Vo­gel said of su­per­star James’ in­flu­ence on the team.

James took only 15 shots in Game 1 and was score­less in the fourth quar­ter of the Lak­ers’ 112-97 loss, say­ing af­ter­wards that the Lak­ers needed to ex­pe­ri­ence a game to un­der­stand how fast the small-ball Rock­ets play .“I think we ad­justed from Game 1 to Game 2,” James said.

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