Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, and Boston Celtics advance NBA In-Season tournament
Milwaukee Bucks beat Miami Heat 131-124, advance to knockout rounds of NBA In-Season tournament. Boston, New York, and Sacramento also advance.
The Milwaukee Bucks are feeling "hungry" after a successful victory over the Miami Heat, with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 33 points and Damian Lillard adding 32 to lead the team to a 131-124 win on November 28. This victory has propelled the Bucks into the knockout rounds of the National Basketball Association (NBA) In-Season tournament. The Bucks emerged as the East Group B champions with a perfect 4-0 record, securing the top Eastern Conference seed in the race to reach the semi-finals in Las Vegas in December.
Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks expressed the team's excitement and determination, stating, "We completed the task. To get to Vegas now, we've got to do a little bit more. We want it. We're hungry for it. It's exciting times for us. We want to go to Vegas so we're happy."
The upcoming quarter-finals will feature Boston at Indiana and New Orleans at Sacramento on December 4, followed by New York at Milwaukee and Phoenix at the Los Angeles Lakers a day later. Boston secured a spot in the quarter-finals by defeating Chicago, while New York advanced as a wildcard based on superior point differential over Cleveland.
In a thrilling match, Sacramento secured a spot in the quarter-finals by rallying from a 24-point deficit to defeat Golden State 124-123. The Warriors needed to win by 12 points to win the group on a point differential tiebreaker, but the Kings, led by 29 points from De'Aaron Fox, managed to secure the victory.
Phoenix secured a wildcard spot in the quarter-finals when Minnesota beat Oklahoma City, and New Orleans won West Group B when the Dallas Mavericks defeated visiting Houston.
In Miami, the Bucks opened with a strong lead, but the Heat responded with a powerful run. Despite missing key players Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro due to ankle sprains, Miami led 97-93 after three quarters. However, the Bucks, led by Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo, managed to regain control and secure the victory.
In New York, Julius Randle and Immanuel Quickley led the Knicks to victory, while Boston secured a lopsided win over Chicago to advance to the quarter-finals.
The Warriors faced challenges in their match against Sacramento, with Chris Paul and Gary Payton II both sustaining injuries. Additionally, Draymond Green received a technical foul for arguing referee calls.
Overall, the Bucks' victory, along with the other exciting matchups, have set the stage for an intense and thrilling quarter-final round in the NBA In-Season tournament.