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Bucks down Magic in Game 5, advance to second-round face-off with Heat

Bucks, Magic, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on to the second round of the playoffs after taking down the Orlando Magic, 118-104, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series.

Returning to the court after leading a boycott of playoff games last Wednesday, the Bucks picked up where they left off and made easy work of the Magic to book their ticket to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was in foul trouble in the closing stages of the match, finished with a game-high 28 points and 17 boards to lead Milwaukee to victory. He had five fouls in the showdown.

For what it’s worth, the Greek Freak barely missed becoming the fifth player with a 25-15-5 game in the postseason. He only had three assists in Game 5 against the Magic, ending his streak to just four consecutive games.

Five other Bucks scored in double figures, with Khris Middleton registering 21 markers on top of 10 boards and seven dimes.

As for the Magic, Nikola Vucevic anchored their offense and defense. However, his 22-point, 15-rebound effort is not enough to give Orlando one more game in the Orlando bubble.

Their inefficiency shooting the ball doomed them, and it didn’t help that they were outmatched in the rebounding, assists and free-throw department.

The Bucks are now set to face the Miami Heat in the second round. Jimmy Butler and Co. finished their opening series early after sweeping the Indiana Pacers, giving them the rest advantage over the Bucks who shocking lost Game 1 to Orlando.