Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks (left) shoots the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on March 2, 2022 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday drove for a layup with 1.9 seconds left as the NBA champion Bucks rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Eastern Conference leaders Miami 120-119 on Wednesday.

Milwaukee out-scored Miami 21-6 down the stretch to halt the Heat’s winning streak at four games.

Khris Middleton drilled a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds to play to pull Milwaukee within one, then superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo forced a jump ball and won it — Holiday ending up with the chance for the game-winner.

Miami had no timeouts left, and Tyler Herro’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer was off-target.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo finished with 28 points 17 rebounds and five assists despite being in early foul trouble. Middleton added 26 points and Holiday scored 25 for Milwaukee.

Herro led the Heat with 30 points, Gabe Vincent scored 21 and Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 12 rebounds for Miami, who made 21 of their 44 three-point attempts.

The Heat remained 1 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls atop the Eastern Conference. The Bucks are in fourth place, a game behind the third-placed Philadelphia 76ers.

James Harden thrilled Philadelphia fans in his 76ers home debut, scoring 26 points with nine assists and nine rebounds in a 123-108 come-from-behind victory over the New York Knicks.

Joel Embiid scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Tyrese Maxey scored 25 points for the 76ers, who improved to 3-0 with Harden, who arrived in a trade-deadline deal that sent Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets.

For much of the night it looked like the Knicks might spoil Harden’s home Philly debut. The visitors, fueled by 16 points from eight Sixers turnovers, built a 16-point lead in the second quarter.

Philadelphia took the lead for the first time on Harden’s free-throws in the third quarter, and his three-point play pushed the lead to 13 points in the final minute of the period.

The Sixers didn’t trail in the fourth, notching their fourth straight victory.

Maxey scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, adding four rebounds and three assists.

“It was a movie,” Harden said of his first game in front of Philadelphia fans, which started with a dramatic pre-game intro.

“Everything I expected it to be,” Harden said. “I think everyone in the world knows how great these fans are, how passionate they are about these Sixers.

“It felt great to be out here. I tried to get the jitters out early, but it was fun out here. I’m glad we came out with the win.”

Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while handing out eight assists to help the Pacers overcome a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 122-114 overtime win over the Magic in Orlando.

Tyrese Haliburton starred in overtime, scoring 12 of his 21 points in the extra session.

Brogdon, who was kept out of Monday’s loss as he regains his form following a right Achilles injury, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

He missed two shots in overtime, but Haliburton picked up the slack with five points in the extra session that included a three-pointer that gave the Pacers a three-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/03/bucks-rally-to-cool-off-heat-harden-fuels-sixers-rally/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bucks-rally-to-cool-off-heat-harden-fuels-sixers-rally)