NBA world reacts to controversial ending of Bucks-Heat playoff game

Sep 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and head coach Mike Budenholzer and forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Eric Bledsoe (6) react as they watch a replay during the second half of game two of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Miami Heat at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat were looking to go up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks. It sure looked like that would be the case Wednesday evening at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Miami held a three-point lead with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. That’s when controversial NBA official Marc Davis called a foul on Goran Dragic as Bucks wing Khris Middleton attempted a three-pointer.

As you can see, Dragic was completely set and in an upfront position when Middleton pretty much jumped into him to get the foul call. Milwaukee’s All-Star would go on to hit all three free throws to tie this game up at 114.

Then, with the clock striking zero on Miami’s final possession of the game, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo “fouled” Jimmy Butler on a two-point attempt.

You be the judge.

Controversial? Sure. Jimmy Buckets would go on to hit the two free throws and give Miami a shocking 2-0 series lead over the Eastern Conference favorites.

Needless to say, the NBA world had its reactions to Wednesday evening’s finish.