The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Miami Heat 138-122 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum. Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play for the Bucks due to a back injury.
Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 35 points, but he was the only Heat player in double figures.
The Bucks shot 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range, while the Heat shot 42% from the field and 33% from three-point range.
The Bucks outrebounded the Heat 46-38 and forced 17 turnovers, which they turned into 22 points.
The Bucks will look to take a 2-0 series lead in Game 3 on Saturday night in Miami. The Heat will need to find a way to slow down the Bucks’ offense and get more production from their role players if they want to force a Game 4.
Here are some other key takeaways from the game:
- The Bucks were able to overcome the loss of Giannis Antetokounmpo by playing a team-wide game. They got contributions from everyone in the rotation, and they were able to make plays on both ends of the floor.
- The Heat struggled to score in the second half. They shot just 33% from the field in the second half, and they were unable to get stops on defense.
- The Bucks were able to control the paint in Game 2. They outrebounded the Heat 46-38 and outscored them in the paint by 24 points.
The Bucks will look to carry their momentum into Game 3 on Saturday night in Miami. The Heat will need to find a way to slow down the Bucks’ offense and get more production from their role players if they want to force a Game 4.