It was a frigid start for the Bucks in this closeout game, going just 9-26 (34.1%) overall in the first period as they fell behind 26-22. Miami was able to finally get a semblance of offensive flow in the second, but the Bucks were able to keep it close going into halftime down 57-64. Finally, the offense for Milwaukee found its rhythm (and buckets) in the third, outscoring the Heat but allowing a late rally to water down the Bucks lead to 91-85 entering the final quarter. Miami kept it close for the opening portion of the fourth, but Milwaukee manufactured buckets late in the paint to secure a comfortable closeout win.
Stat that Stood Out
Once more, the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Miami Heat on the offensive boards with 15. That led to 23 second chance points. Even with the Bucks increased emphasis on that aspect of the game this year, they’ve had such a command of the boards in this series that it’s made up for any shooting deficiencies they’ve had at periods during these few games.