The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t play very well on Tuesday night.
But – for now – who cares? Because they suffocated the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter, took advantage of the many miscues of Michael Beasley and scraped together just enough offense to have one final shot as time expired.
There will be plenty of time later to talk about all of the things that went wrong for Milwaukee on Tuesday night, but let’s take a moment to enjoy the one thing that went really, really right. Home buzzer beaters are some of the most special moments a season can provide. For a brief moment, everyone gets on the same page and feels the exact same joy. Strangers high five, fathers and sons hug, everyone screams. Buzzer beaters can’t be outdone.
Khris Middleton’s shot came after the Heat scored just nine fourth quarter points, three in the last six minutes. Time and again Milwaukee forced Miami into tough shots and kept them out of the paint, where they had been having a great deal of success earlier in the game. Milwaukee’s defense carried the team as the offense again sputtered.
Well, it was Milwaukee’s defense coupled with Beasley. With three minutes to play, he forced an incredibly tough layup with time left on the shot clock and followed it up by barreling through Zaza Pachulia on the other end. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra pulled him immediately after the foul, but re-inserted the often absent minded forward with 12 seconds to play, for rebounding purposes on a free throw. Ersan Ilyasova missed his second free throw and Beasley pulled down the rebound. He then non-challantly held the ball, which gave Jerryd Bayless the opportunity to tie him up. A jump ball was called in what’s typically a chase and foul situation.
Worse yet for Beas, the 6-foot-3 Bayless won the jump ball, giving Milwaukee one more try.
One more try that Khris Middleton would not let go to waste.