NBA world reacts to Khris Middleton's game-winner
Bucks forward Khris Middleton puts up and hits the winning shot over Heat guard Duncan Robinson with 0.5 seconds left in overtime. Mark Hoffman via Imagn Content Services, LLC

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 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 three-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-range and came through in the clutch.

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 Middleton game-winner.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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