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Wild Heat-Bucks ending was eerily similar to this 1974 Celtics playoff finish

Wild Heat-Bucks ending eerily similar to this ’74 Celtics finish originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The fiasco that was Game 2 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat had fans from both teams up in arms.

But somewhere, the late JoJo White is looking down and smiling knowingly.

The Heat defeated the Bucks 116-114 on Wednesday after Jimmy Butler was literally fouled at the buzzer and sank two free throws with no time on the clock.

A team winning a game on a “walk-off” free throw is extremely rare, especially in the postseason.

A club clinching a series on a walk-off free throw? That’s even more rare — and it happened to the 1974 Boston Celtics.

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The Celtics were tied with the Buffalo Braves in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series when Braves star Bob McAdoo fouled White in the act

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Nuggets star Jamal Murray immediately ran over and consoled Donovan Mitchell after a chaotic final sequence that ended the Jazz’s season

Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray embrace after the Nuggets beat the Jazz in Game 7. 

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Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray embrace after the Nuggets beat the Jazz in Game 7.
  • The Denver Nuggets escaped the first round of the playoffs when the Utah Jazz turned the ball over, then missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the final seconds.

  • After the final buzzer, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray ran to Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and consoled him.

  • Murray and Mitchell had an historic battle, combining for 475 total points, the most by two opponents in a series in NBA history.

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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray showed some good sportsmanship after the Nuggets squeezed by the Utah Jazz to advance in the NBA playoffs with a wild, 80-78 Game 7 win.

After Jazz guard Mike Conley’s buzzer-beating three-point attempt rimmed out to seal the Nuggets’ win, escaping after a wild final

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Jamal Murray drops 50 while wearing Breonna Taylor, George Floyd shoes: ‘They give me life’

Jamal Murray was left speechless and out of breath following the Denver Nuggets’ 119-107 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, which forced a Game 7 in their opening-round playoff series at Walt Disney World.

Yet it wasn’t the game, or the fact that he had put up 50 points yet again this series, that left him bent over and emotional on the court for his interview with TNT. 

It was his shoes — and, more importantly, what they represent.

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on his feet

Murray dropped 50 points while shooting an impressive 9-of-12 from behind the 3-point line in their 12-point win. It marked the second time this series that he’s put up at least 50 points — making him just one of five players in NBA history to do so in a playoff game. He did it with just 24 field goals, too, marking

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Black Athletes Are Not Just Here to Entertain You

“Who makes the game?” former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked his girlfriend in 2014. “Do I make the game, or do they make the game?”

The NBA soon answered Sterling by banning him from the league for life shortly after that racist tirade, caught on tape, became public. Six years later, the Milwaukee Bucks have offered a more definitive reply. Before Wednesday night’s Game 5 of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic, Bucks players staged a wildcat strike in protest of police violence. Their focus was acutely on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, located about 40 miles south of their hometown arena.

Other NBA teams effectively canceled all three of the night’s planned playoff games as the strike spread through the sports world. Baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer players and leagues all joined the protest by sitting out games and matches or offering support

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