Things got weird Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
It didn’t look good for the Bucks, who trailed the Miami Heat by 14 points in the fourth quarter. However, that’s when the Bucks went on a crazy run.
Milwaukee stormed back to score the game’s next 14 points to tie the game 85-85 with 1:20 to play. The Heat eventually would pull ahead and held an 88-86 lead with 12.8 seconds to play.
A jump ball turned out to be a pivotal play, as Milwaukee’s Jerryd Bayless won the jump ball and gave the Bucks one more shot to at least tie the game.
They did one better as part of a crazy end-of-game sequence that can be best summed up by just telling you to check out the video below.
The buzzer-beater routine is nothing new for the Bucks, who have become quite accustomed to winning at the horn.
Most Game-Winning Buzzer-Beaters Last 10 Seasons Celtics 12 Bucks 10—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 25, 2015
Not only did Khris Middleton’s game-winner cap an exhilirating ending, but that shot might do a lot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. For the Bucks, it solidifies their spot within the playoff field, as sixth-place Milwaukee now holds a four-game advantage over Charlotte, the first team on the outside of the playoff bubble.
The loss could prove to be a costly one for the Heat, too. Miami now holds just a 1 1/2-game lead over Charlotte, and it opens the door for the Boston Celtics to make a run at the seventh seed, which Miami currently holds. The No. 8 Celtics are just one game behind the Heat.
However, the prize for winning that seventh seed looks like it’s going to be a first-round matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 8-2 in their last 10 games, so maybe the Celtics are better off holding on to that eighth spot if they can.
Photo via Morry Gash/The Associated Press
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