The Miami Heat did it again — and have the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs, on the brink of leaving the bubble weeks earlier than they anticipated.
Butler scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, the Heat outscored the Bucks 40-13 in those final 12 minutes — the biggest fourth-quarter margin in NBA playoff history — and topped Milwaukee 115-100 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“No, I’m not surprised,” Butler said. “I think everybody else in the world might be. But not us here. Not if you wear a Heat jersey, if you’re one of these coaches, if you’re part of this organization, if you’ve been seeing what we’ve been doing all year long, that doesn’t surprise us.”
“It can be us,” reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “It can definitely be us.”
NEW: The Miami Heat used a dominant fourth quarter from Jimmy Butler to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the second-round playoff series.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) September 5, 2020