Heat close out series with Bucks to reach Eastern Conference Finals

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The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat closed out their semifinals series against top-seeded Milwaukee on Tuesday night, beating the Bucks 103-94, to take the series 4-1.

They’ll move on to the conference championship series for the first time since 2014.

Heat rally back after slow start

Miami got off to a slow start on Tuesday, and fell into a 13-point hole early in the first half while getting outscored 28-19 in the opening quarter.

They squared the game up almost instantly in the second quarter, however, opening the period on a 13-2 run, and pushed their lead to double-digits by the midway point of the fourth quarter.

Though the Bucks cut it to just four points in the final minutes, it was too late. Miami held Milwaukee to just nine points in the final 3:13 of the game — four of which came in the final 20 seconds — to grab the nine-point win.

Jimmy Butler led Miami with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win while shooting just 4-of-6 from the field. Goran Dragic added 17 points of his own, and Tyler Herro dropped 14 points with three buckets from behind the arc off the bench. The Heat have now gone a near-perfect 8-1 in the postseason at Walt Disney World, having swept the Indiana Pacers in their opening-round series.

Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 23 points and seven rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo added 18 points, and Brook Lopez added 15 points and 14 rebounds. The Bucks, who held the best record in basketball coming into the season restart in Florida after the COVID-19 hiatus, are now headed home after going just 8-10 inside the bubble.

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