News ID: 313479
Published: 0939 GMT May 30, 2021

Giannis scores triple-double as Bucks sweep series against Heat

Giannis scores triple-double as Bucks sweep series against Heat
LYNNE SLADKY/AP

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during a victory over Heat in NBA first-round playoff series in Miami, FL, US, on May 29, 2021.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored his first career playoff triple-double to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 120-103 victory over the Miami Heat.

It sealed a 4-0 series clean sweep against the Heat, who lost to the Lakers in last year's NBA Finals, BBC Sport reported.

The Bucks will now face either the Boston Celtics or the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I'm blessed I can do a lot of things to contribute to our team," said Antetokounmpo.

"Whoever we get in the next round, we're going to be ready."

Antetokounmpo starred with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists, while Brook Lopez, Bryn Forbes and Khris Middleton all scored 20 point or more.

The Heat, battling to stay in the playoffs, took a first-quarter 26-22 lead at their AmericanAirlines Arena and were in front by seven points at halftime.

But a 13-point turnaround in the third period put the Bucks in control and they powered on to make it a comfortable win despite a triple-double from the Heat's Jimmy Butler.

MVP contender Joel Embiid scored a playoff career high 36 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, as the Philadelphia 76ers took a 3-0 series lead over the Washington Wizards with a 132-103 victory in the capital.

The Wizards' Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double in the defeat, recording 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

In the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers made the most of their home court advantage to beat the Denver Nuggets 115-95 and level their series 2-2.

Norman Powell top scored for the Blazers with 29 points.

 

 

   
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