The Heat’s perfect playoff run continued Monday as they upset the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 to open the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Miami is now 5-0 in the postseason after cruising past the Indiana Pacers in the first round.
Former Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala, the last Lute Olson-coached player in the NBA, contributed two points, four rebounds, a steal, a block and two turnovers in 19 minutes.
A +7, Iggy shot 1-for-4, throwing down a breakaway dunk after a steal and missing all three of his 3-point attempts.
Iguodala no contra ataque #HeatTwitterpic.twitter.com/nv12sJrhr8— Pisou Na Linha (@pisounalinha) August 31, 2020
Unlike the first round, Iguodala was not on the floor in crunch time. He exited with 8:56 left in the fourth and the Heat holding a 92-90 lead, before returning with 1:31 left as Miami held an eight-point lead.
Still, he was one of several defenders the Heat deployed on Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was held to 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists on 6-of-12 shooting (and 4-of-12 free throw shooting). He also committed six turnovers.
Jimmy Butler led Miami with 40 points on just 20 shots.
Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. MST on ESPN. The Bucks also lost the first game of their series with the Magic before winning four straight, so there is no reason to panic yet.
Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Toronto Raptors will look to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday 2:40 p.m. MST on ESPN.
What they’re saying about Iguodala on social media
Having Iguodala to throw at Giannis, if only for a few minutes, is a really nice luxury for the Heat— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) September 1, 2020
Iguodala has quietly been solid in this Game 1 for the Heat.— Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) September 1, 2020
Gifted Hands: The Andre Iguodala Story— Nah, It's Just Kenny (@BLACKMESSlAH) September 1, 2020
The Heat have Bam, Butler, Iguodala, and Crowder to throw at Giannis... Heat are winning this series— Clifford Buck (@Clifford_Buck) September 1, 2020
Kyle Korver closing out on Andre Iguodala in 4th quarter playoff basketball. I love the 2007, errr 2020 playoffs.— Steve Kotok (@Ktok33) September 1, 2020
I like Iguodala a lot but he hasn't helped Miami a whole lot today. MIL willing to let him shoot & he hasn't held up against Giannis when switched onto him.— Shervon Fakhimi (@ShervonFakhimi) September 1, 2020
Andre Iguodala is still a winning basketball player in limited minutes— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) September 1, 2020
This Heat team is tons of fun
Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver on my television screen is giving me 2000s Sixers vibes. This is my whole childhood.— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) September 1, 2020
Iguodala’s bicep to shoulder ratio isn’t talked about enough— King Cappa (@SportsBetter5) August 31, 2020