For the second time this season, Khris Middleton nailed a buzzer-beater to give the Milwaukee Bucks a thrilling victory.
Middleton caught a pass from Zaza Pachulia and hit a three-pointer in Dwyane Wade’s eye for an 89-88 win Tuesday night over the visiting Miami Heat.
Over the past two weeks, Milwaukee had missed three potential game-winners at the buzzer.
Per the Journal Sentinel:
Bucks players spilled across the court to bury Middleton under a pile as Milwaukee (35-36) snapped a six-game losing skid and moved 2½ games ahead of Miami in a tight Eastern Conference playoff chase. […] “I knew it was ticking down,” said Middleton, who sank his second three-point buzzer beater of the season. “I knew I had to catch and shoot. I can’t think about anything else but just catch and let it go.”
Middleton missed a three-point try, but Ersan Ilyasova rebounded and was fouled, and he made 1 of 2 free throws. When Ilyasova missed the second shot, Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless alertly tied up Heat forward Michael Beasley for a jump ball. […] Then the 6-foot-3 Bayless outjumped the 6-9 Beasley to win the ball with 10.8 seconds left, giving the Bucks another chance. Bayless missed on a drive, but Pachulia was able to get the ball to Middleton just in time for the game-winner.
“I’ve got bounce, man,” Bayless said with a wide smile. “No, I was just able to get it. I tried to time the ref. I got lucky. I missed the layup but Za made a great play to Khris, and Khris knocked it down. I just figured it was time for us to win somehow, and we were able to do it. I’m just excited we won.”