Bucks, without Giannis, make 25 3-pointers, defeat Heat and tie series

For one night at least, the Bucks didn’t miss Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Brook Lopez had 25 points, Jrue Holiday added 24 and fiery Milwaukee overcame the absence of its star to beat the Miami Heat 138-122 on Wednesday, tying the first-round playoff series to one team win in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks made 25 of 49 3-point attempts to match the NBA record for a postseason matchup. Pat Connaughton, who didn’t even play in the series opener, added a career-high 22 points on 6-of-10 3-point range.

“We are all ready,” López emphasized. “We all have the right mentality for the match. It’s the mindset it takes to be a Milwaukee Bucks player. There is no one above anyone. We just all try to win.”

Antetokounmpo continued to be out for Milwaukee. He left in the second period of the first game with a bruised lower back.

The Greek star, twice named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, suffered the injury from a hard fall after being fouled late in the first period as he was advancing to the basket.

“We will continue to monitor it and hope it improves. We are still optimistic that he will be ready to play very soon,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game.

The Bucks’ ability to win without their leading man evened the series, which heads to Miami, where Game 3 will take place on Saturday.

“I’d like to be up 2-0, but that’s in the past now,” said Jimmy Butler, who led the Heat with 25 points. “We are going to learn from this. We have to take care of the matter on our court.”

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Milwaukee now shares the NBA record for 3-pointers in a postseason game with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 in Game 2 of the East semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks in 2016.

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