Heat Advance to Second Round With Massive First-Round Upset Over Bucks

DOWN GOES MILWAUKEE.

In shocking fashion, the 8-seeded Miami Heat sent home the 1-seeded Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. They took the series in a swift five games, booking a first-class ticket to New York to face the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Jimmy Butler practically single-handedly pushed the Heat over the hump. The ice-cold scorer dropped 56 points in Game 4 before posting 42 points in tonight’s Game 5 victory. He shot 17-33 from the field, including the game-tying bucket with just 0.5 seconds left in regulation.

For the Bucks, it will go down as one of the more startling first-round exits in NBA history. Not only did Milwaukee claim the most regular season victories, but they held the league’s 5th-best net rating compared to Miami’s 21st-ranked net rating (the lowest of any playoff team).

The Bucks do have at least a small excuse with Giannis Antetokounmpo banked up after a hard fall in Game 1 and missing the next two contests. However, there is no denying this was a series where they held the upper hand and simply crumbled. Nothing represents that better than the final possession of the game, where Grayson Allen seemingly forgot to even get a shot off to attempt to tie the game.

I wish I could say felt bad for him … but nope!

As the Heat now head toward a surprising matchup with the Knicks, questions will flood the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Will Khris Middleton return? What about coach Mike Budenholzer? After an embarrassing first-round exit, one of the league’s most recently dominant teams could be in for quite the offseason.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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