The rest of the teams left in the NBA Bubble can exhale, as the league’s top team will not be playing for a conference championship.
The Miami Heat on Tuesday eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks from the playoffs with a 103-94 Game 5 victory over the NBA’s top-seeded team, completing a gentlemen’s sweep in the process.
With that, the red-hot Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2014, when LeBron James and his talents were in Miami.
These days, it’s Jimmy Butler leading the Heat. He had himself a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) on Tuesday.
In total, six Heat players reached double-digit scoring, including starters Bam Adebayo (13 points), Jae Crowder (16 points) and Goran Dragic (17 points) and reserves Kelly Olynyk (12 points) and Tyler Herro (14 points).
Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play in Game 5 after spraining his right ankle in Game 4. We’ll see what the future has in store for the Greek Freak, with Antetokounmpo set to become a free agent in 2021.
As for the Heat, they await their fate until the series between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors is decided.
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