< /p> NBA Eastern Conference 1st Round Playoff Game – Game 5: Milwaukee – Miami, April 26, 2023. Janis Adetokunbo of the Milwaukee Bucks, right.
Milwaukee (USA) – The best team in the regular season of NBA basketball, Milwaukee, was eliminated in the playoffs in the very first round. In the fifth game, they lost to the eighth seeded team of the Eastern Conference Miami on their own scoreboard 126:128 after overtime and lost the series sensationally 1:4. For the first time since 2013, the New York basketball players will play in the second round, having won the fifth duel in Cleveland 106:95 and dominated the series 4:1 in games.
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Miami pulled off a huge upset over the No. 1 seed, despite trailing by two points with half a second left in regulation. The hero of the guests was again the star Jimmy Butler, who took care of the equalizer from an alley-oop at the end of the fourth quarter. He ended up scoring 42 points. He was seconded by Bam Adebayo with a triple double for 20 points, 10 rebounds and an assist, Gabe Vincent added 22 points.
The Heat lost by up to 16 points in the match, but eventually won the fifth game in overtime. The home Bucks, who did not convert 17 of 45 sixes, were not helped by the point allocation of Janis Adetokunbo, who collected 38 points and 20 rebounds, even though he missed 13 free throws. Khris Middleton scored 33 points. The last time the conference's No. 1 seed fell to No. 8 was in 2011, when Memphis eliminated San Antonio.
New York managed to control the game in Cleveland, although the team's central figure Julius Randle sprained his ankle and did not start at all in the second half. Jalen Brunson with 23 points and RJ Barrett with 21 points took on the role of leaders. Young pivot Mitchell Robinson helped the team with 13 points and especially 18 rebounds.
“The Knicks tradition is huge. Not only because of what the team means to the city and the league as a whole. We have the best fans and the hall,” Knicks coach Tim Thibodeau celebrated the progress with satisfaction. His charges never lost in the duel and succeeded despite worse shooting.
Cleveland is thus saying goodbye in the first round in its first playoff since 2018. Donovan Mitchell's 28 points and seven rebounds or Dariusz Garland's 21 points didn't help him either. “We weren't physical enough. Instead of striking the first blow, we got slapped every time,” Garland lamented.
The Los Angeles Lakers were also one step away from advancing, but they fell to Memphis 99:116 in the fifth game, and the series moves to California again. The stars were Desmond Bane with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Ja Morant added 31 points, 10 rebounds and also seven assists. The Grizzlies clearly dominated the opening quarter 38:24 and led by up to 25 points during the game.
The opponent was not helped by the excellent performance of Anthony Davis, who scored 31 points and 19 rebounds. Austin Reaves collected 17 points, LeBron James was limited to 15 points this time, hitting only five of 17 shots, 10 rebounds and five final passes. The sixth game will take place again on the Lakers' board.
They now have a difficult time in Sacramento: even though they already led 2-0 in the series against Golden State, after two setbacks on the opponent's land, they fell 116 in the fifth game: 123 and next time, out again, they will stave off elimination. The fifth duel was accompanied by poor three-point shooting success on both sides (29 percent).
The leader of the winners was Stephen Curry with 31 points and eight assists, Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Draymond Green scored 21 and 20 Andrew Wiggins. D'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 24 points and nine assists, while Domantas Sabonis and Malik Monk each had 21 points. Both teams led by double digits in the game.
Results of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs
Eastern Conference – 5th games:
Milwaukee – Miami 126:128, final score of the series 1:4; Cleveland – New York 95:106, final series status 1:4.
Western Conference – 5th games:
Memphis – LA Lakers 116:99 , series status 2:3; Sacramento – Golden State 116:123, series status 2:3.