Milwaukee (USA), May 15 (EFE) .- Forward Khris Middleton and guard-forward Bryn Forbes led the winning attack of the Milwaukee Bucks that easily beat the Miami Heat 122-108 and remain the fight for second place in the Eastern Conference.
The duel between the two teams, which currently occupy third and sixth places, respectively, in the Eastern Conference could be a preview of the first-round playoff series, if they maintain the same positions when the regular season concludes tomorrow, Sunday.
But neither team is locked in that position heading into the final day of the regular season.
Milwaukee could still finish second if they beat the Bulls in Chicago and the Brooklyn Nets lose at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Miami could move to No. 5 if it defeats Houston and the New York Knicks lose at home to the Boston Celtics.
The Heat beat the top-seeded Bucks 4-1 in a second-round playoff series last year at the Orlando Bubble and won the East title before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. of the NBA.
The point guard Jrue Holiday, who is increasing every day in his performance and contribution, led the game and attack of the Bucks, with a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists.
While another point guard, Kendrick Nunn, scored a season-high 31 points for the Heat, which did not feature leading scorer Jimmy Butler due to a stiff back.
Milwaukee led most of the way Saturday thanks to a balanced attack.
Middleton also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Cuban American center Brook Lopez scored 18 points and made 9 of 10 shots from the field.
Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points, another number four, reserve Bobby Portis, reached 14 and guard Donte DiVincenzo added 11 points with nine rebounds.
Guard Duncan Robinson and Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic each scored 17 points as second-highest scorers for the Heat, which snapped a four-game win streak.
The Bucks were definitely ahead two minutes into the game and had up to 24 points ahead during the first half in which they made 65% (28 of 43) shots from the field.
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