The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Warmth mixed to make NBA historical past on Monday night time with their playoff wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks, respectively.
Regardless of the return of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for Recreation 4, the Bucks choked away a late double-digit lead on the highway, as Jimmy Butler went nuclear in a legendary efficiency, dropping a profession excessive 56 factors.
Recreation 5 is about for Wednesday night time in Milwaukee and a doable Recreation 6 could be on Friday again in Miami.
The Warmth need to develop into solely the sixth No. 8 seed for the reason that postseason subject expanded to 16 groups to knock off a No. 1 seed and the primary for the reason that Philadelphia 76ers did it to the Chicago Bulls in 2012. If Miami is ready to remove Milwaukee in Recreation 5, they’d develop into the primary No. 8 seed in historical past to carry a No. 1 seed to only one win in a collection.
Behind the heroics of LeBron James, the seventh-seeded Lakers took a commanding 3-1 lead of their best-of-seven collection towards the second-seeded Grizzlies with an extra time win on Monday night time.
Recreation 5 shall be on Wednesday night time in Memphis with a doable Recreation 6 on Friday in Los Angeles.
Each the Bucks and Grizzlies are dealing with a critical uphill battle to beat their deficits. NBA groups have come again from 3-1 holes solely 13 occasions in league historical past (9 occasions since 1984), with the final two occurring in 2020, because the Denver Nuggets completed the feat in back-to-back collection towards the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers.