Mar 2, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) moves for the basket during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While the Milwaukee Bucks made a great run to close Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, it appeared as though they’d fall just short. As Jrue Holiday showed, appearances can be deceiving.

Trailing by one with 9.9 seconds remaining, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a jump ball against Miami’s Jimmy Butler. Antetokounmpo won the jump, tipping it back to Bobby Portis. Portis quickly handed the ball off the Holiday, who took it from there.

NBA fans had a strong reaction to Holiday’s shot, as well as the way the Bucks finished the game.

It was indeed a shining night for Holiday. But it was a good night for Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, as well.

Holiday’s shot sealed not just a win, but a win against a good team. The loss moved Miami to 41-22, which is still the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Of course, the Bucks are the reigning Eastern Conference and NBA champion. And seeing the way Milwaukee’s best players played, dethroning the Bucks will be easier said than done.

With the end of the regular season nearing and the playoffs around the corner, this game had people looking forward to a potential matchup.

If the season ended on Wednesday, Miami would be the No. 1 seed and Milwaukee would be No. 4. That would have them in line for a second-round matchup. Judging by Wednesday’s game, nobody would complain about that.

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