Jimmy Butler and the Heat Stun Bucks in Game 1

Jimmy Butler during an NBA All-Star Game in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Milwaukee Bucks lost another Game 1 in the 2019/20 NBA playoffs. This time it was Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat who managed to stun one of the favorites for the NBA championship this year by beating them 115-104 in the opening game of the second round.

Bucks entered the first quarter strong, managing to score 40 points and enter the second period 11 points ahead. However, Heat bounced back in the second, cutting Milwaukee’s lead to just three points.

The second half saw Miami taking over the control of the game and outscoring Bucks by nine in the third quarter. Milwaukee attempted a comeback in the fourth, but great defense and brilliance of Jimmy Butler carried Heat to a precious 1-0 lead in the series. 

Butler finished the game with playoff career-high 40 points while scoring 14 of them in the last 12 minutes.

“I felt like I took it up a level in the fourth quarter,” said Butler after the game. “If that needs to happen every game, I’ve got to be able to do it. But we’ve got so many guys capable of doing it for us.”

Butler had help from Goran Dragic, who scored 27 points and added six rebounds and five assists. All-Star center Bam Adebayo was stellar at the glass, grabbing 17 rebounds alongside 12 points.

Bucks, on the other hand, were led by Kris Middleton with 28 points and Brook Lopez with 24 points. The team’s superstar GiannisAntetokounmpo only had 18 but contributed with 10 rebounds and nine assists.