Heat salvage victory over Bucks, Rockets to face Lakers in semis

Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Sep 3 (efe-epa).- The Miami Heat’s winning streak held steady against the Milwaukee Bucks in Tuesday night’s NBA Eastern Conference playoff action while the Houston Rockets set-up a Western Conference seminal series against the Los Angeles Lakers by knocking out Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jimmy Butler sank two free throws for Miami just before the buzzer to secure the 116-114 victory against Milwaukee in game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, which the Florida franchise leads 2-0 in the best of seven series.

Veteran Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro topped 23 and 17 points respectively to edge Miami to a win after dropping a six point advantage and blowing the lead toward the end of the game.

It came down to Butler in the dying seconds. He narrowly made the first free-throw, which bounced off the rim twice before it sank, confirming victory. His second — smoother this time — added to the point tally to the relief of his teammates, some of whom were crouched on the halfway line watching the decisive and tense end to the game.

Butler was fouled by Milkwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo with a tenth of a second on the clock as things stood at 114-114.

Miami and Milwaukee are set face off again in the Orlando bubble on Friday.

Jae Crowder bagged 16 points for Miami, Bam Adebayo had 15, Butler and Duncan Robinson scored 13 and Kelly Olynyk, who came off the bench, scored 11.

Miami has notched up a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs so far, kicking things off with a 4-0 series win over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference.

Antetokounmpo hit a double-double for the Bucks with 29 points, 14 rebounds and three assists while Khris Middleton hit 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

In the Western Conference, James Harden came to the rescue for the Houston Rockets to seal a 104-102 win against Oklahoma City Thunder.

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