The Milwaukee Bucks made a dominant start to the playoffs as they swept the Miami Heat 4-0 to progress into the Eastern Conference Semifinals and their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was super happy afterward. "It's a great moment for us, winning 4-0, and beating the team that beat us last year," Bucks forward Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN.
"But at the end of the day we have a long way to go." Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double as he had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in a 120-103 win over the Heat in Game 4. "Being able to affect the game in multiple ways, and not just getting into the paint and dunking," Antetokounmpo said.
"Don't get me wrong. If I could dunk every single play, I'd try to dunk every single play. But just being mature, having my head up and looking for guys when they're open was big for us."
Antetokounmpo did a great jpb on Jimmy Butler
Heat star Butler had only 12 points as Antetokounmpo did a great job on the Heat star throughout the whole series.
"Giannis has unique defensive talent, and Butler is such a great talent, scorer, passer," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "It takes a lot of discipline to guard a guy like Jimmy Butler. For Giannis to have that discipline with the competitiveness makes him special."
Bucks' Middleton finished the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds. "When you look back on this series, we definitely controlled the boards, which was a huge part of getting out in transition and giving us second-chance points," Middleton said.
"Everybody had a part controlling the boards for us. We were able to limit them to one shot." Bucks center Brook Lopez had a game-high 25 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. "Peaking at the right moment -- we really feel we're doing that," Lopez said.
"And we still feel like we're getting better each and every single night." Elsewhere, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 132-103 to take a 3-0 lead. The Wizards elected not to double team Embiid in Game 3 and the Sixers center finished the game with 36 points.
"It was one-on-one, and I wanted to take advantage of it. I guess that's on them to make that choice," Embiid said. "It's hard to stop me if you send a double-team or not." The Sixers will now be hoping to win Game 4 and safely progress into the Eastern Conference Semifinals.