(Editor’s note: With Pac-12 sports gone until January, we will be recapping every NBA playoff game that includes a former Arizona Wildcat, along with some social media reaction.)
The team with the best record in the NBA during the regular season is down 3-0 in a best-of-seven playoff series. You do you, 2020.
The Miami Heat outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 40-13 in the final quarter on Friday, turning a 12-point deficit into a 115-100 victory to win their third in a row over the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks were outscored by 27 in the 4th quarter, the worst points differential in a 4th quarter of a playoff game in the shot clock era (since 1955). @ESPNStatsInfo— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 5, 2020
Jimmy Butler finished with 30 points, 17 of that coming in the fourth as he personally outscored Milwaukee down the stretch. Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 16 rebounds and Jae Crowder had 17 with five 3-pointers for the Heat, who are 7-0 in the playoffs in the Orlando bubble.
Miami’s bench contributed 31 points, six of those coming from former UA star Andre Iguodala, who also had three rebounds and three assists (as well as four fouls) in 11 minutes of action. Iguodala suffered a right ankle sprain late in the third quarter of the Game 3 win and was questionable to play Friday.
The Heat’s other ex-Wildcat, Solomon Hill, was once again a DNP. He hasn’t appeared in the postseason.
Miami, which last reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2014, can go for the sweep of Milwaukee on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MST on ABC.
Before that, on Saturday, is Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the defending champion Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics. Boston is up 2-1 on Toronto, which has two former UA players (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson) who have logged a combined two minutes in the first three games.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
Could Solomon Hill minutes hurt right now? #HeatTwitter— Collin Loring (@cologneloring) September 5, 2020
Miami picking up Jae Crowder while trading for Andre Iguodala turned out to a move with league-altering implications. What a world.— Rob Mahoney (@RobMahoney) September 5, 2020
If the Heat eventually advance to the NBA Finals, it will mark Andre Iguodala’s sixth straight finals appearance.— Bruce Tennen (@BruceTennen) September 5, 2020
Future hall of famer Andre Iguodala— John Brown's Blood (@MrRobotCodeBrkr) September 5, 2020
every day is another day that i discover andre iguodala plays for the heat— Amelia (@ameliahyesook) September 5, 2020