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Bucks blow out Heat 132-98 to secure 2-0 lead in first round

Milwaukee dominated in Game 2 of its first-round series against Miami on Tuesday.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo pulls up for a shot against the Miami Heat in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1 of the first-round playoffs series between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks was close, but that wasn’t the case on Monday. The home team secured a 132-98 blowout win in Game 2 and was dominant on both ends.

The Bucks’ offense got off to a tremendous start, which led to a 46-20 lead through the first frame. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored and rebounded at will, while Brynn Forbes unexpectedly set the Nets ablaze from distance. Milwaukee built up its lead with each quarter and Miami never lead in the game. The Heat’s abysmal shooting carried over from Game 1 and was a major contributor to their defeat.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo struggled to get around the Bucks’ length and combined for 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting. Dwayne Dedmon and Goran Dragic surprisingly paced Miami in points with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

Antetokounmpo’s 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists helped him score a game-high 65.25 DKFP. He was trailed by Jrue Holiday (47.25), who notched his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 assists. Dedmon led the Heat with 32.75 DKFP.

Milwaukee easily covered the spread as 5-point favorites and the point total over (223.5) hit with room to spare. The Bucks were -210 on the moneyline while the Heat were +170.