Holiday shot caps huge rally as Bucks stun Heat 120-119

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday cashed in a paint jumper with 1.9 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes to beat the Miami Heat 120-119 on Wednesday night .

The Bucks beat Miami 21-6 down the stretch to end the Heat’s four-game winning streak.

After Khris Middleton made a 3-pointer with 13.5 seconds remaining to get the Bucks in one, Giannis Antetokounmpo forced a jump ball against Jimmy Butler on the ensuing inbound pass.

Antetokounmpo won the tip and gave it to Bobby Portis. Holiday picked up the ball from Portis, made his way to the other end of the field and made the winning basket.

The Heat were out of timeouts and Tyler Herro missed a desperate 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Miami lost despite shooting 21 of 44 from 3-point range. Herro led the way by scoring 30 points and shooting 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists for the Bucks. Middleton scored 26, Holiday scored 25 and Portis added 15.

Gabe Vincent had 21, Bam Adebayo 18, Duncan Robinson 15 and Caleb Martin 12 for the Heat.

Miami seemed to have the game in hand when it took a 113-99 lead with a 9-0 run that included two 3-pointers from Vincent and one from Herro.

But the Bucks would not leave.

They cut the lead to two points twice in the final two minutes, but the Heat responded each time as Herro sank a 16-footer and Adebayo made a 12-footer.

Then Middleton’s shot put the Bucks within striking range before Holiday delivered the knockout blow.


Heat: Miami played its 35th road game on Wednesday and hits the road again to face Brooklyn on Thursday. The Heat have played the most road games of any NBA team. After the trip to Brooklyn, the Heat will be home for 11 of their next 12 games. … Kyle Lowry missed a second straight game for personal reasons.

Bucks: Mike Budenholzer won his 200th win as Bucks coach. He’s 200-90 in four seasons in Milwaukee and 413-287 in nine seasons overall.


Heat: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The Heat are 2-0 against the Nets this season after winning 106-93 at Brooklyn on Oct. 27 and 115-111 at Miami on Feb. 12.

Bucks: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday in their first road game since Feb. 10. In their only previous game this season, the Bucks beat the Bulls 94-90 on Jan. 21 in Milwaukee.


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