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.
KHRIS. MIDDLETON!!!!!!!— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 22, 2021
KASH MONEY!!— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) May 22, 2021
MIDDLETON— Jillian Adge (@JillAdge) May 22, 2021
Big shot— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) May 22, 2021
Malcolm in the Middleton— Jimmy Spencer (@JimmySpencer) May 22, 2021
Khris Middleton Is Good.— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) May 22, 2021
KHA$$$$$$$HHHH— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) May 22, 2021
Put some respect on Khris Middleton!!— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) May 22, 2021
OH MY GOODNESS— We Believe Faigen (@hmfaigen) May 22, 2021
Playoff basketball is different!— David Wysong (@DavidWysong_) May 22, 2021
Middleton is cold b.— A Phizer A (@Aqua174) May 22, 2021