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NBA world reacts to Khris Middleton’s game-winner in Game 1 over Miami Heat

Khris Middleton
May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots against Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) and forward Trevor Ariza (8) during the second quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Playoffs have officially arrived, with Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton delivering the first unforgettable moment to take Game 1 against the Miami Heat.

Saturday’s playoff actions started with a bang. Milwaukee held a 99-97 lead with only seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on the verge of a series-opening victory. But Jimmy Butler came through in the clutch, sinking the 2-foot shot at the buzzer to send it into overtime.

The back-and-forth action kept up in extra time, with both teams exchanging leads. With the Bucks ahead 107-104 and time winding down, Goran Dragic responded with a game-tying 3-point shot from the corner. Khris Middleton had his moment to shine as the seconds ticked away. With Duncan Robinson right in his face, Middleton pulled up and fired from mid-rang and came through in the clutch.

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While Miami got the ball back with 0.5 seconds left, Butler couldn’t get the perfect shot off and the tipped ball brought an end to the Heat’s hope for an early upset.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, this was Middleton’s first go-ahead field goal inside the final five seconds of a playoff game.

As the Bucks celebrated their incredible Game 1 victory, basketball fans lit up with reactions to the Khris Middleton game-winner.

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